Careless Driving Methods
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates approximately 6 million annual motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. While every traffic crash can likely pinpoint one specific cause, driver error of some form frequents almost every single auto collision. Sadly, the lack of attention that driving gets tends to cause the most catastrophic of crashes, as the motorist is unable to react in a timely manner.
In big cities throughout Arizona, such as Phoenix, many visitors from surrounding states will come to enjoy everything that the state has to offer. While this supports the economy and tourism, it also leads to traffic congestion. Unfortunately, careless driving has continued to haunt the roads and highways throughout Arizona. As more and more drivers enter the roadways, being attentive and alert while behind the wheel becomes more important than ever before.
Phillips Law Group takes pride in our role in the Arizona community. With decades of combined legal experience, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers has built a strong reputation throughout the state. We believe that when the careless actions of another motorist cause injury or harm to you, this at-fault party must be held responsible for the damages in which they cause to innocent accident victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a careless driving accident, our Phoenix auto accident lawyers are here to help.
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Careless Driving in Arizona
Obtaining a drivers license and operating a motor vehicle on the public roads and highways throughout Arizona is an enormous responsibility. Combining large numbers of cars and trucks, road hazards, and the unpredictable nature of any roadway, Arizona drivers must exercise extreme caution at all times. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to recognize the important of being careful while operating their automobile. This lack of care often causes traffic crashes and a variety of injuries for the passenger occupants.
In the state of Arizona, while careless driving is not a legal offense, it is also the precursor for reckless driving, a traffic infraction punishable by law. Careless drivers tend to be teenagers, male and share a general lack of concern for the rules of the road or others safety. Actions such as changing lanes without a turning signal or making a turn without signaling may be deemed reckless, but are more often forms of careless driving.
According to Arizona law, reckless driving involves a person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Drivers must understand that receiving a ticket for reckless driving is far more severe than a speeding ticket. The following is possible for those who are pulled over and ticketed for reckless driving:
- As many as 4 months in jail and fines up to $750 for the first offense
- As many as 6 months in jail and fines up to $2,5000 for the second offense
- Any driver who receives a second ticket for reckless driving may be subject to a license revocation
Road rage is a serious issue in the state of Arizona. For example, a driver may believe that the vehicle in front of them changed lanes too close. In order to teach them a lesson, a reckless driver would quickly cut them off. While this may seem like a good idea at the time, this is the cause of a countless number of traffic accidents each and every year.
Far too many motorists suffer in the hands of a reckless driver. These people not only maintain a disregard for the rules of the road, but they also seem to place little value on life. While law enforcement does its best to ticket these dangerous drivers, being aware of their presence is critical for all drivers to avoid a potential crash.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney Today
Phillips Law Group has dedicated their time and effort to ensuring that accident victims in Arizona are properly represented in the court of law. While the auto accident rate has been on a steady decline in the last several years, there are still many dangers that exist on the roads and highways today. When a careless driving is the cause of a collision, this person must be held accountable for any injuries and damages that they cause.
With our main office in Phoenix, AZ, our experienced personal injury attorneys are able to meet with clients throughout the state of Arizona. We are available to visit you in a hospital or any location that is convenient for you and your family. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a careless driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
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