Careless Driving

Careless Driving Accidents in Charleston

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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 but to a lesser degree. Distracted driving is an example of careless behavior that can cause an accident that results in catastrophic injury or death.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident because of a careless driver, you 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 Charleston, IL attorneys can 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. We represent victims of careless driving accidents from our offices in Charleston, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri.

To find out how we can help, fill out our online contact form or call us today at (217) 394-5885. Your consultation is free, there is no obligation to proceed, and your information is confidential.

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:

  • Texting and driving
  • Assuming right-of-way
  • Drifting between lanes
  • Not stopping at intersections
  • Failing to signal when changing lanes or turning
  • Failure to stop for emergency vehicle
  • Improper lane change
  • Making an improper turn
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating

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, and wait to make sure the path is clear
  • Come to a complete stop at all stop signs
  • Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road
  • Avoid distracting electronic devices or cell phones
  • Do not tailgate — leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front
  • Maintain speeds within posted limits
  • Adjust speed based on current road, traffic, and weather conditions
  • Do not let passengers take too much of your attention off the road

By following these tips and staying focused on the task at hand, you limit your chances of causing an accident. If an accident does happen, seek medical attention immediately and contact a lawyer to learn what rights you have and if an injury claim should be filed.

Helping Victims of Careless Driving in Central & Southern Illinois & St. Louis, MO

If you are involved in a collision involving a careless driver, 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 The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm, we can help you fight for the justice you deserve.

We have represented victims of careless driving accidents and all types of traffic collisions for over 25 years. To find out how we can help you, call (217) 394-5885.


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