The Definition of Reckless Driving in Florida

reckless_driverOne of the most dangerous ways motorists cause car accidents is by reckless driving. Crash victims can suffer catastrophic injuries, such as burns, brain injuries, paralysis, or back and neck injuries—or even die as a result.

In addition to facing criminal charges, reckless drivers are responsible for compensating individuals who suffer injuries or the families of those that are killed in these tragic, preventable wrecks.

What Is Reckless Driving in Florida?

Under Florida law, reckless driving is defined as "any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Drivers engaging in the following practices may cause collisions resulting in injuries:

  • Drunk driving or intoxicated due to drug use
  • Speeding more than 20 mph over the posted limit
  • Racing
  • Running a stop light or stop sign
  • Passing people in a dangerous manner
  • Passing a stopped school bus illegally
  • Driving with headlights off at night
  • Tailgating another driver
  • Engaging in texting or other distracted driving practices

The Definition of Careless Driving

Careless driving is another criminal offense in Florida that is slightly less serious than reckless driving.

Careless driving involves behavior such as speeding, weaving between lanes, and tailgating but without the “wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” However, motorists are still liable if these actions prove they resulted in a collision and injuries.

We Can Help You

Reckless or careless driving is a direct result of someone not obeying the law and not respecting others on the road. Once your medical condition after one of these accidents is stabilized, you need to retain an experienced car accident attorney to assist you in filing your claim for compensation and negotiating your settlement. Our skilled Daytona Beach lawyers have years of experience fighting for the legal rights of reckless driving victims.

Let us help you obtain the compensation that you need and deserve. Fill out our online form to schedule your free consultation to learn more.