When using public roads, you are legally obliged to adhere to the rules that require you to drive in a careful and courteous manner, to avoid putting yourself and others at risk. Many accidents are caused by drivers who are not taking adequate care.
Poor driving standards can be classified by several categories, and it can help to have an understanding of these categories and how they are treated by the legal system. It is important to note that you may be entitled to seek redress and/or compensation in any of the following circumstances.
What is Inconsiderate Driving?
Inconsiderate driving describes driving behaviour that is rude or obnoxious, that causes offence to other road users. It may include behaviour such as:
• Closely following another car and flashing your headlights
• Driving in the wrong lane
• Driving in a bus lane or cycle lane
• Splashing pedestrians by driving through puddles close to them
Inconsiderate driving can lead to drivers being stopped by the Gardaí, fined or given licence points, or a court appearance for serious offences.
What is Careless Driving?
Careless driving is governed by the Road Traffic Act 1961 as amended by the 2011 Act which states that ‘A person shall not drive in a public place without due care and attention’. Failure to comply with such rules may lead to penalty points on your licence, a fine or even disqualification if the offence is very serious. Careless driving may include:
• Failing to observe basic rules such as giving way at roundabouts and side roads
• A low speed, minor, rear-end shunt that causes little or no damage
• Tailgating and undertaking
• Getting distracted by navigating (via sat nav or map) while driving
What is Dangerous Driving?
Dangerous driving is the term used to define driving in a public place in a manner which having regard to all circumstances (including speed, condition of the vehicle, the nature, condition and use of the place and the amount of traffic) is likely to be dangerous to the public. Dangerous driving is an offence that can carry large fines, disqualification, and even a prison sentence in the most serious cases. It can include:
• Racing or excessive speeding
• Aggressive driving or road rage
• Driving a dangerous vehicle
• Driving while you have a debilitating injury or condition, such as an injury or impaired eyesight
Find Personal Injury Solicitors in Ennis, County Clare
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident, or intimidated by the behavior of another road user, and you feel that any of these categories may apply to your situation, talk to us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors in Ennis, Clare. We specialize in this type of claim*, and will be happy to talk through your case and advise you about whether you may be entitled to compensation.
Our solicitors are experienced in personal injury claims, so call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back to discuss your case within one business day.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.