Determining negligence following a car accident

Did you know that in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 5.6 million car accidents? Thankfully, most of these accidents are minor and only leave people with damage to their cars or property. However, serious car accidents occur, often leaving victims with significant injuries and sometimes death.

Determining who is at fault in an auto accident is among the important steps in figuring out whether either or both drivers were negligent. Negligence can take many forms, including but not limited to distracted driving such as driving while texting or talking on the phone, failing to adhere to traffic signals or signs, speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or even disregarding serious weather or dangerous traffic conditions. Reckless driving may also have been a factor in the accident. Reckless driving includes excessive speeding or changing lanes, and aggressive driving.

Sometimes, neither driver is at fault in an accident. Hazardous road conditions, or a defect or failure within a car or traffic control signals may also cause an accident, and the fault may lie with other people such as a car manufacturer or government body in charge of road maintenance.

If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including money for lost wages, medical costs and pain and suffering. If you have had a family member die due to the negligence of another driver, you may also be entitled to future lost wages as well. It is important to prepare yourself with a strong case to prove negligence. Learn more about your options for filing wrongful death cases.

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