Similar to reckless driving, careless driving involves a motorists negligence while behind the wheel. This negligence can often be the cause of a serious car accident. The differences between driving recklessly and carelessly are minute and in some cases a driver may be charged for driving careless and recklessly.
Careless driving can result in many different actions that lead to a motor vehicle accident. In Ohio specifically, in 2011, more than 292,000 car accidents were reported according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. More than 72,000 car collisions caused injuries while another 940 were fatal incidents. The majority of car collisions in Ohio are caused by actions that could be related to careless driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For a no-cost, no-obligation evaluation of your accident claim, call our auto accident legal team today at (877) 288-3241 or simply fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form to your right.
What Is Considered Careless Driving?
Careless driving can simply mean that a driver is inaccurately, sloppily, or hastily driving and thus putting those around them in danger of being involved in a collision.
Some types of actions that may be considered careless driving include:
- Failing to Yield
- Running a Red Light
- Running a Stop Sign
- Improper Lane Change
- Failing to Stop for an Emergency Vehicle
- Making in Illegal or Improper Turn
Although some of these actions are simple driving violations, some drivers may not even be aware that they are putting others in danger when they speed, cut another vehicle off, or do not remain at a safe distance behind another vehicle.
Avoiding Carelessly Driving
In Ohio, careless driving may be linked to reckless driving which could result in traffic fines and drivers license points that could lead to license suspension and revocation.
In order to avoid being involved in a careless driving accident or fined for carelessly driving, the attorneys at O’Connor, Acciani, and Levy have provided some useful tips for safe driving.
- Do Not Speed
- Use Your Turn Signal
- Always Watch and Listen for Emergency Vehicles
- Avoid Distractions such as a cell phone
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Avoid day dreaming
During long trips a driver can find themselves distracted by their own thoughts and daydreams which can quickly lead to lane drifting and even a sideswipe accident. It is important that a driver be aware of their surroundings and their actions while behind the wheel.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
Being involved in any type of collision can be scary for both parties involved, but particularly for the individual who is not at fault for the crash. If you or a loved one is seeking comprehensive legal counsel after being the victim of a careless driving accident, our attorneys are ready to help.
At O’Connor, Acciani, and Levy we have opened our doors to personal injury victims including those hurt in motor vehicle accidents for more than 30 years. Our personal injury lawyers in Columbus, OH can help you, or your loved ones, fight for their right to fair and just compensation. We have several offices located throughout Ohio and proudly serve the following areas:
We are also proud to provide our services to those in the Covington, Kentucky area. To find out if you may be entitled to make a claim, contact us at (877) 288-3241 and one of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our knowledgeable lawyers best suited in handling your claim.
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