Driving is a privilege and a responsibility

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury |

People need a license to drive because it is a privilege, not a right. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires individuals to apply for a learner’s permit before getting a license. They can only obtain a learner’s permit once they pass a vision and written knowledge test.

Individuals with learner’s permits must pass extensive programs and training requirements before receiving a driver’s license. The strict requirements ensure that a driver knows the rules and regulations governing driving in the state before they can receive the privilege. The government informs drivers that their driving privilege comes with duties for other road users.

The duty of a driver to other road users

A driver accepts all the legal responsibilities that come with driving, including the legal duty of care to other people on the road. They owe this duty to all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers and other motorists. The standard of care does not mean a driver should drive perfectly. Instead, they should drive as any average motorist would under similar circumstances and driving conditions. They have a legal obligation to take reasonable care when driving to avoid causing property damage and injuries to other road users. A driver should not:

  • Drive while intoxicated
  • Drive while texting
  • Drive while distracted
  • Drive recklessly
  • Drive over the speed limit
  • Tailgate
  • Run stop lights
  • Fail to signal turns
  • Fail to signal when switching lanes
  • Break traffic rules and regulations

They should keep both hands on the steering wheel and their attention and focus on the road. A driver who acts wrongfully or negligently and causes injuries to another party on the road should be liable for the victim’s damages.