Motorists have a duty to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner. This duty can be breached if a driver is exceeding the speed limit, following at an unsafe distance, driving while distracted, or otherwise driving in an unreasonable or unsafe manner.
On December 1, a high school senior tweeted “Seatbelt warnings are smart for cars. You could just be driving and someone else could be the dumbass. Be safe.” Less than two hours later he was killed in an auto accident, but not because he was speeding or driving while distracted, and not because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the teen was stopped at an intersection when the driver of a Nissan minivan ran a red light at a “high rate of speed”, jumped the center concrete median, and slammed into his Honda Accord. Those two vehicles veered into the path of a commercial gasoline tanker truck, pushing it into a Lexus.