Types of Negligence in Washington D.C. Car Accidents

Unfortunately, car accidents can occur at any time. There are many ways that a car accident can happen. While drivers have a big responsibility on the road, they are subject to human error. It is possible for a driver to become distracted and take their eyes off the road for a moment, which can lead to an accident. Major accidents often stem from one moment of a driver’s negligence. Accidents that are caused by another’s negligence can often lead to very serious accidents and even sometimes death. After an accident, it is important to immediately seek medical attention. However, an injured party may wish to speak with an experienced attorney at a later moment to discuss their options.

Types of Negligence

Negligence can be seen on the road in a variety of ways. These can generally be covered by two main actions. This can include:

  • Dangerous Driving: A driver is negligent if they do not follow the rules of the road. When they drive in an unsafe manner, drivers are putting others on the road in danger. Some examples of this may include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and lights, street racing, and much more. It may also include individuals driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Distracted Driving: All drivers are required to give the road their undivided attention. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are several distractions that may cause a driver to become distracted on the road. One of the most common distractions today is the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drivers sometimes use their phone on the road as navigation. Other times, they use it to make or receive phone calls, listen to music, send a text or email, and searching the internet. In addition to this, distractions can include eating, searching for something in the car, or speaking to other passengers in the car.

Proving Negligence

When a driver is negligent on the road, they can put others on the road at great risk. If an individual’s negligent behavior causes an injury to another person on the road, the driver may be held responsible. If an individual wishes to hold another party responsible for their injury, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires the injured party to gather evidence that proves the accident and injuries sustained were a direct result of the driver’s negligence. Evidence in a case may consist of a police report from the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injury, pictures and videos of the accident, or any witnesses.

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If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident as a result of negligence, contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC.today.

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.