You may have heard of reckless driving or distracted driving being roped in with careless driving, however, careless driving is actually defined as failing to drive a vehicle in a careful and practical manner.
Depending on the state, reckless and careless driving may be established as one type of moving vehicle violation. North Carolina is indeed one of states where you may be charged with careless and reckless driving.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation notes that in 2011 there were more than 208,000 car crashes of which more than half were caused by speeding and lane departure. Altogether 10,756 car crashes were caused by careless, reckless, or erratic driving.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a car accident caused be a careless driver, the victim may be eligible for damages such as lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
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What Is Careless Driving?
Since careless driving is not necessarily the same as reckless driving it’s important to be cautious of how you drive. For the most part careless driving can include:
- Failing to yield properly
- Improper passing of another vehicle
- Improper lane changing
- Running a red light
- Failure to stop for an emergency vehicle
- Making an improper turn
Driving carelessly means you’re driving haphazardly without regard to your fellow motorists. According to research on aggressive driving conducted in 2009 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 7.4% of fatal car crashes were caused by careless or reckless driving.
Careless driving is a serious driving violation that can result in the deduction of 4 points in North Carolina. If you are driving a commercial vehicle it is actually worth 6 points.
If you or anyone you know has suffered due to a careless driver and would like to seek legal counsel, contact one of our careless driving experts for more information.
How to Avoid Driving Carelessly
Careless driving is sometimes done on purpose with the intent of not getting caught and other times without realizing what you may be doing. You may want to take the following precautions to avoid driving carelessly.
- Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or making a turn
- Obey all traffic signals and signs
- Avoid driving with loud music or distractions as it could prevent you from hearing emergency vehicles
- Avoid being distracted by a mobile device, text messaging while driving is prohibited in North Carolina
- Do not drive aggressively and tailgate the vehicle in front of you
It is up to you to drive properly, unfortunately you’ll also have to deal with your fellow drivers who could fail to follow the rules of the road and cause an accident.
Contact a North Carolina Auto Collision Attorney
Our compassion team at Lewis & Keller is dedicated to pursuing justice for those who have been involved in a careless driving incident. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, and more.
Our staff is ready to provide comprehensive and courteous legal counsel through the entire litigation process. Our main offices are located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina – we are also pleased to serve the following surrounding cities:
- West Highlands
- Columbia Heights
- Fisher Park
- …and beyond
If you, or a loved one, are ready to seek legal counsel, contact us toll-free at 1-866-299-1769 or at our local offices at 866-299-1769 and one of our staff members will connect you with an attorney who can assist you.
Similarly, you may fill out ‘FREE CASE REVIEW’ at the top left hand corner of this page and one of our attorneys will review your case right away.