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Negligence is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents

Negligence takes many forms, from a person who doesn't turn off a hot stove and forgets to tell others to those who drive while intoxicated. Negligence is a negative in every case, but many people get lucky since their actions don't end up affecting others. However, some people are negligent and find that their carelessness has serious consequences.

One of the worst times to be negligent, either through distractions or other means, is while driving. If you're a victim of a car crash, then you may have encountered a negligent driver.

What are some common forms of negligence in vehicles?

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting and driving
  • Eating behind the wheel
  • Weaving in traffic

These are just a few kinds of negligent actions. Anything that could cause a crash may be considered negligent. Here are a few examples.

1. You were driving to an intersection. There were four stop signs, indicating that this was a four-way stop. You arrived with no other traffic approaching that you could see. You moved forward slowly, but just as you did so, a driver from the right side failed to stop and hit your vehicle. The driver was looking down at the time of the crash, and it's believed that the driver was texting and driving.

2. You noticed a vehicle ahead of you was weaving in and out of traffic, trying to speed around those who were too slow. After a period of time, you came up close to the vehicle. In the driver's rush to move ahead of slowed traffic, they moved into your lane suddenly, side-swiping your vehicle.

3. You were driving on the highway late at night when you saw headlights approaching from the rear. You didn't think anything of it until the vehicle slammed into your tail end. It turned out that the driver had been drinking and speeding.

These are three common examples of negligence. The sad thing about crashes caused by them is that they are preventable. Drivers should know that they need to pay attention to the road and be cautious when others are around. Failing to do so is a violation of traffic laws and could result in your becoming a victim of a serious crash. In those cases, you'd have a right to be compensated by the other party for driving negligently and causing a crash.

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, speak with a personal injury attorney to learn about your legal options.

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