June 24, 2018

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Liability and Negligence

Who’s At Fault?

People who drive have a duty to do so with “reasonable care under the circumstances.” If a person fails to uphold the reasonable care duty, he or she is negligent and may be held legally responsible for his or her negligence that caused your injury.

I Was Rear-Ended by Another Driver

When another car collides into your rear bumper it is typically the fault of that driver who was behind you.

However, you may be partially at fault if:

  • If your brake lights are out
  • If you are stopped in the road instead of on the shoulder

If you are assigned partial fault it is called “contributory negligence.”

The Traffic Signal Was Not Working Properly

The State or City may be at fault, but special rules exist for filing a lawsuit against a municipality.

Another Driver was Making a Left-Hand Turn and Crashed into My Car

It is almost always the fault of the turning driver in this scenario.

Unless…

  • A red light was run
  • You were speeding
  • A car stopped for an unforeseen emergency and caused the collision

Other Common Causes of Car Crashes

  • Driving under the influence
  • Failing to obey traffic laws
  • Ignoring weather conditions
  • Ignoring traffic conditions
  • Aggressive or reckless driving
  • An automobile defect (in which case the manufacturer could be liable)

There are many laws and regulations to evaluate for a car crash lawsuit. Having an attorney with expertise in automobile accidents and injuries will help you get the right compensation to meet the current and future hardships caused by your injuries. Meet with an experienced car crash attorney listed in this website as soon as possible to assess your claims.