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Types of Negligence in Maryland Car Accidents

Types of Negligence in Maryland Car Accidents

All people are subject to human error, especially drivers. Unfortunately, car accidents can happen at any time of any day. While drivers are obligated to operate their vehicles safely on the road, people make mistakes and accidents happen. It is possible for a driver to become distracted and take their eyes off the road, leading to an accident. In other cases, a driver may make a poor decision that leads to an accident. When accidents happen due to another person’s negligence, people can become very seriously injured or even sometimes die. After an accident, an injured party may wish to speak with an experienced attorney 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: If a person drives unsafely, they are putting everyone else on the road, including themselves, 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, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and much more.
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are many different ways a driver can become distracted on the road. One of the most common is the use of a mobile phone while behind the wheel. Drivers can be found using their phone on the road as navigation, for phone calls, to listen to music, send a text or email, and search the internet. In addition to this, other distractions can include eating, looking for something in the car, or speaking to other people in the car.

Proving Negligence

When a driver acts negligently on the road, they can put others on the road at great risk for an injury or death. If a person’s negligent behavior harms or kills another person on the road, that driver may be held responsible. If a person wishes to hold another party responsible for their injury, they can file a personal injury lawsuit. This works to hold the party responsible for the damage they caused.

During a personal injury case, the injured party must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires them to present evidence to the court that proves the accident and their injuries occurred directly because of the other driver’s negligence. Evidence that may be used in a case can 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.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident as a result of negligence, contact the Law Offices of Timian & Fawcett, LLC. today.

If you are in this situation, it is important to discuss this situation with an attorney. The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.

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