Though the phrase careless driving is sometimes associated with reckless driving, the two are not the same in all areas of the country. In general, careless driving refers to an unintentional lack of focus on the road, which can be a precursor to reckless driving.
While Illinois law describes reckless driving as, “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property,” careless driving is the same to a lesser degree. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reflect almost 43,000 car accident deaths in the United States in 2002, which indicates a growing number of careless, distracted and reckless motorists on our roads and highways.
Were you or a loved one injured in an auto accident because of a careless driver?
If so, did you know that you or that injury victim could be entitled to compensation based on the physical pain, emotional anguish and property damage that you experienced as a result of the crash?
At The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, our skilled attorneys will fight for your rights and bring the negligent parties to justice. We know how difficult recovering from a car wreck can be, especially if your injuries prevent you from working while doing so. Because of this, we will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients.
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Examples of Careless Driving
It is crucial to be aware of driving habits and patterns of the motorists around you and to monitor your own driving to make sure you do not behave carelessly behind the wheel. Driving carelessly is only a step away from being a reckless motorist, which can cause serious accidents and injury to you, those who occupy your vehicle and others around you.
Some of the most common examples of careless driving are:
…. and many other behaviors.
Operating your vehicle without awareness or haphazardly is an irresponsible habit to fall into, which is why careless driving is so dangerous. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released data showing that 7.4% of fatal auto accidents were caused by careless or reckless driving in 2009.
How to Avoid Driving Carelessly
Defensive driving tactics are an integral part of being a cautious driver. In order to avoid driving carelessly, make sure to:
- Signal well in advance of your turn
- When changing lanes, signal then wait to make sure the other drivers see you before passing
- Come to a complete stop at all stop signs
- Keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road
- Avoid distracting electronic devices or cell phones
- Do not tailgate— give the driver in front of you plenty of room
- Maintain speeds within posted limits
- Do not let passengers take too much of your attention off of the road
By following these tips and staying focused on the task at hand it is possible to avoid so many accidents that can take place when a driver is being careless. If an accident does happen, seek medical attention immediately and contact a car crash lawyer to learn what rights you have, and if an injury claim should be filed.
Our Car Accident Law Firm Can Help You Today
If you are involved in a collision, reaching out to an experienced auto accident lawyer can not only assist you in filing a claim against the negligent party that caused your accident, it will help stop further accidents that the driver may cause in the future. At Tapella & Eberspacher we can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
For more than a decade we have been representing accident injury victims throughout the Southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO areas and can help you or your loves ones who have been hurt in an accident. We are proud to serve the following areas:
…and many more local neighborhoods.
Contact us at (855) 522-5291 to find out how we can help you fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve. We offer FREE case evaluations and we only ever get paid when we win.