Car accidents and the concept of negligence

Determining fault in a motor vehicle accident can mean identifying whether one driver was negligent. Negligence is a term that has a specific legal meaning in this context. If a Georgia driver injures another through negligence, the driver could owe compensation to the injured person.

Negligence resets on the assumption that a driver is required to operate the vehicle safely. Legally, negligence may be said to have happened if there is evidence that the driver did not exercise reasonable care and if that lack of reasonable care caused loss or injury. One example of negligent driving is speeding. However, drivers should not assume that simply following the speed limit absolves them from negligence. For example, under certain weather conditions, a driver should slow down. This is also true for failing to follow at a safe distance. What might be safe on a clear, dry day is not necessarily safe on a rainy day with poor visibility.

In general, drivers are supposed to follow traffic laws. They should also avoid distractions while driving and keep their vehicles in good working order. There may be other necessary safety measure depending on the situation, such as drivers wearing glasses if they have been prescribed.

For people who are injured in accidents because of drunk drivers, fatigued drivers, careless drivers or drivers who are negligent in other ways, compensation can be important. Injuries may require months or years of rehabilitation, or they could be permanent. However, insurance companies might offer too little or may try to claim that the injury is unconnected with the accident. This could be the case with a traumatic brain injury, which may not produce immediate symptoms. An attorney may be able to help an injured person get compensation.

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