Negligence in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Some motor vehicle accidents are just that—accidents.  However, under many circumstances, motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of another driver on the road.  If another driver was negligent and caused you to suffer injury in an accident, you can file a lawsuit against that driver in order to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries.  Compensation may include all injury related past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages due to the injury, any permanent disabilities, and any pain and suffering you may have experienced.  In order to recover in court, you must sufficiently prove negligence and an experienced Coweta County auto accident attorney can help you do just that.

Some common examples of negligent activities that cause motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving:  Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road or your hands off the wheel.  This can include texting, talking on the phone, programming a GPS, changing music, personal grooming, eating, or tending to children in the backseat.
  • Aggressive driving:  When drivers get impatient with traffic or other slow drivers, some of them tend to drive aggressively, which is very dangerous.  Aggressive behaviors include speeding, tailgating, unnecessary or frequent lane changes, among others.
  • Failing to follow traffic laws:  Any time someone causes an accident because they failed to obey speed limits, traffic signals, yield or right of way rules, or any other traffic law, they will be found automatically negligent in court.  However, you still have to prove they were breaking the law at the time of the accident, which can still be complicated.
  • DUI:  Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is another example of illegal behavior that will lead to an automatic finding of negligence once you prove the driver was, in fact, under the influence.

There are other ways in which a driver may negligently cause an accident and the complexity of each case will depend on the particular circumstances.  Shane Smith Law knows how to show negligence in court so you can properly recover for your injuries.  Call an auto accident lawyer at (980) 246-2656 for help with your case today.