Careless and Reckless Driving in Arkansas
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, careless and reckless driving are the most common causes of fatal traffic collisions in the state of Arkansas. For a variety of reasons, Arkansas road, and U.S. roadways in general, are becoming more dangerous. Fatalities and serious injuries are rising with each passing year. This can, in part, be attributed to cheap fuel prices and a growing economy, both of which lead to more people on the road. However, the rise in traffic does not fully account for the increase in crashes. Possible additional causes could be deteriorating road conditions and somewhat more adverse whether due to climate change. However, neither of these factor into the staggering body count that has accumulated over the last two years. Only careless and reckless driving, more often than not caused by distraction and impatience, can account for the 35,000 to 50,000 deaths that now take place on an annual basis.
Careless Driving in Arkansas
Arkansas is one of only six states where the leading cause of fatality on the road is careless or reckless driving. However, careless driving, as well as reckless driving, are encompassing terms. Driving on the wrong side of the road and failure to yield can fall under careless driving, or even reckless driving if under the appropriate circumstances. In Arkansas, careless driving is defined by Arkansas § 27-51-104 as driving or operating a vehicle “in such a careless manner as to evidence a failure to keep a proper lookout for other traffic, vehicular or otherwise, or in such a manner as to evidence a failure to maintain proper control.” Common examples of careless driving include:
- Improper lane change;
- Driving onto a property to avoid a stop light, stop sign, or other traffic control device;
- Driving at a speed or manner to cause skidding, sliding, or spinning of the tires;
- Driving too close to other traffic, pedestrians, cyclists, or fixed objects;
- Operating a vehicle with an “extension” that endangers others;
- Driving in any way that leads to getting out of control;
- Putting passengers in danger; and
- Becoming inattentive, discluding when it is reasonable and prudent, while operating a vehicle.
Each act of careless driving will result in a fine of up to $100, as well as points on the driver’s license. While it is not at all a strict form of punishment, it does show that the party was at fault for causing the collision, and will go a long way in your personal injury settlement or lawsuit.
Reckless Driving in Arkansas
Reckless driving is a much more serious offense, and is defined as “wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property,” by Arkansas § 27-50-308. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime and if an injury results to another party, the driver will be punished with a minimum of 30 days in jail for a first time offense.
Contact an Experienced Jonesboro Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was injured by a careless or reckless driver, you deserve to be compensated for the full amount of your injuries and pain and suffering. Contact Wells & Wells in Jonesboro for immediate assistance at 870.782.4084 today.