Vehicle accidents happen for various reasons. For example, a driver may be distracted, engage in reckless behavior, or be impaired by alcohol or drugs.

However, sometimes accidents occur because the driver is careless. Even though the accident wasn't intentional, the fact remains that careless driving can be dangerous. You may be eligible for compensation if you have injuries due to an accident caused by a negligent driver. Florida even has a careless driving statute to assist victims.

Here are the facts about Florida's careless driving law and what to do if you get hurt in an accident caused by a careless driver.

Florida's Careless Driving Statute
Florida Statute § 316.1925 states that "Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person." Violation of this law in any capacity is considered careless driving.

This law also differentiates between Aggressive and Reckless Careless Driving:

Aggressive Careless Driving
Under Florida Statute § 316.1923, careless driving is considered aggressive if the driver displays at least two of the following actions:

  • Exceeding the speed limit
  • Violation of traffic signals or controls
  • Changing lanes in an unsafe or improper manner
  • Passing another driver in an improper manner
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Following behind another vehicle too closely (also known as tailgating)
For example, if a driver is caught speeding while improperly changing lanes, they may be considered aggressive or careless.

 

Reckless Driving
Florida Statute § 316.192 states, "Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving." It means that the driver of a vehicle was acting dangerously or recklessly with intent and purposeful disregard for the consequences.

Reckless driving actions can include:

  • Fleeing the police
  • Drag racing
  • Weaving between cars
  • Other dangerous or erratic driving patterns

 

What if you're involved in an accident with a careless driver?
If you're in a car accident and suspect another driver's carelessness caused it, you should take specific steps:

  • If you or someone involved in the accident is injured, seek medical attention. 
  • Contact local law enforcement. 
  • Record the exact location of the accident, as well as the date and the time.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with all drivers involved. 
  • Note the make, model, and license plate numbers of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident.
  • Photograph the scene of an accident and any vehicle damage with your smartphone.
  • Obtain a copy of the police report for your car insurance, and if you decide to file a claim against the careless driver. 


After you have collected everything from the accident scene, it is crucial to keep track of any costs incurred. These costs can include but are not limited to transportation costs, medical expenses, lost wages, or any other expenses that may arise from your injuries.

Contact An Experienced Attorney

At Hudgins Law Firm, our sole responsibility is to YOU. We will fight for the compensation you deserve following a concert injury. We deal with the many defendants and take them to court if necessary. To set up a FREE consultation, call us toll-free at 800-950-5534, or complete the contact form on our website. We're the right team for you!



Sources:
https://www.garvinlegal.com/blog/understanding-floridas-careless-driving-statute/

https://www.pensacolalawyer.com/careless-driving-florida-statute/#:~:text=Florida%20Statute%20%C2%A7%20316.192%20states,a%20result%20of%20their%20recklessness

https://www.pendaslaw.com/an-overview-of-floridas-careless-driving-statute/