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 in any of the following circumstances.


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.


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



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

How to Proceed with your case

If you feel that you may be entitled to bring a case as a result of an injury sustained in a road traffic accident, it is important to consult with a solicitor experienced in this area of law.

At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we have 35 years’ experience in dealing with claims of this type and are sensitive to the burden that such litigation places on the claimant. This is why we take the time to understand the impact such injuries have on our clients everyday life and wellbeing.



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