What is Failure to Exercise Due Care?
Failure to exercise due care means a driver has been reckless. Often times many car accidents occur when a driver has failed to exercise due care. As a driver of a vehicle in Washington state you are required to exercise due care and caution to the conditions and circumstances around you as you traverse the road. This could mean you will need to slow down, turn on headlights, pull over, etc.
Additionally, driving more than the maximum speed limits in prima facie evidence that you are driving recklessly. This means, if you are speeding you could get a ticket for reckless driving.
As a driver in Washington you should:
- Obey the maximum allowed speed limits
- Use due care when driving
- Be attentive and aware to your surroundings and other drivers
- Slow down and be cautious when conditions and circumstances are poor
- Obey the Rules of the Road
The rules of the road requiring due care and speeding being evidence of reckless driving is as follows:
RCW 46.61.445: Due care required.
Compliance with speed requirements of this chapter under the circumstances herein above set forth shall not relieve the operator of any vehicle from the further exercise of due care and caution as further circumstances shall require.
RCW 46.61.465: Exceeding speed limit evidence of reckless driving.
The unlawful operation of a vehicle in excess of the maximum lawful speeds provided in this chapter at the point of operation and under the circumstances described shall be prima facie evidence of the operation of a motor vehicle in a reckless manner by the operator thereof.
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