Reckless Driving, Careless Driving
When motorists operate a car in a careless or reckless manner, they put other people on the road at risk for serious injuries and even death. Drivers have a legal obligation to obey the traffic laws and drive safely and responsibly. When a motorist disregards the safety others, including their own passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, and an accident occurs, the reckless motorist can be held liable for the damages and injuries he or she causes.
If you have been involved in a collision caused by a careless or reckless driver, you need to discuss your case with experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers. At the Hollander Law Firm, we know just how devastating and life-changing a serious vehicle accident can be. Physical and psychological injuries, high cost medical bills and the inability to work or perform daily activities can be overwhelming for both victims and their families. When you work with our firm, you can trust that we will thoroughly investigate the crash and build a case that helps you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track.What is Reckless Driving in Fort Lauderdale?
Under Florida Law, reckless driving occurs when a person operates a car or other vehicle with a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” or flees from law enforcement while driving a motor vehicle (Florida Statute 316.192). The penalties imposed on the driver for violating the law will depend upon the number of prior offenses and the extent to which property damage or personal injuries were involved.
Even if the motorist is not found guilty of reckless driving under Florida law, the driver can still be subject to a civil lawsuit brought by the accident victim. While in some cases the accident may only be minor, a crash can result in catastrophic injuries. Careless and reckless drivers are often operating their vehicles at a high rate of speed that can cause motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and other people on the road to suffer serious harm should a collision occur.Common Maneuvers Performed by Careless and Negligent Drivers
While reckless driving can involve a wide range of unsafe behaviors, some of the most common maneuvers performed by careless and negligent drivers include:
- Operating a vehicle significantly above the speed limit
- Driving at a speed that is inappropriate for road or weather conditions
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Distracted driving
- Aggressive driving
- Illegal driving maneuvers
- Making abrupt or last-minute driving maneuvers
- Driving while intoxicated
These are just a few examples of the careless and reckless behaviors that take place every day on roads and highways in Fort Lauderdale and across the state. These driving behaviors are extraordinarily dangerous and pose a serious risk to the safety of everyone on the road.Injured by a Reckless or Careless Motorist? The Hollander Law Firm can Help
When a motorist disregards the safety of others and an accident occurs, the driver needs to be held accountable for his or her actions. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a car crash that may have been caused by careless or reckless driving, we can help. When you work with our firm, a team of experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers will be at your side every step of the way. We will carefully review your case and outline your options so that you can make the right decisions for you and your family. Contact us today at (888) 751-7770 to schedule your appointment.