Careless driving is being blamed for a Sarasota County auto wreck that left five teenagers seriously injured. The accident occurred on Camminare Drive when a vehicle being driven by a 16-year-old left the roadway and slammed into a tree. While alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the wreck, officials have not stated what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The driver was injured, as were his four passengers, each between the ages of 16 and 18. All were treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
The young driver has been charged with careless driving resulting in serious bodily injury. This charge typically indicates that police believe the driver failed to exercise adequate care in safely operating his vehicle and that this failure to drive carefully and prudently led someone to suffer a major or catastrophic injury.
Careless driving is often linked to speeding or other negligent behaviors. Careless driving, however, is less serious than reckless driving, which typically means that the driver acted in a way that willfully or wantonly disregarded the life and safety of others on the road. Reckless driving is often related to street racing, weaving through traffic or operating a vehicle while seriously intoxicated.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a Florida auto accident involving a driver who was operating a vehicle carelessly or recklessly, you may have rights under the law. Learn more about your legal options by consulting with the experienced Bradenton auto accident lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.