Types of Negligence in Pennsylvania Car Accidents

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July 8, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

All drivers have a legal obligation to act safely on the road. This not only protects them but other drivers and passengers as well. However, this is not always the case. When people make poor decisions while driving, they can cause series accidents and life-changing injuries.

When a person becomes injured due to the negligence of another driver, they often wish to hold them responsible. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit in which they may be able to recover compensation for any damages incurred as a result of the accident. It can be beneficial to have an experienced attorney during this time to navigate the process.

Types of Negligence

It is the unfortunate truth that driver negligence can often be seen on the road. Drivers do not always make the best decisions while on the road, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. There are many actions that can be considered driver negligence. However, they can be placed in two main categories: dangerous and distracted driving.

  • Dangerous driving: When a person fails to follow the rules of the road, it is considered dangerous driving. Actions that are classified as dangerous driving can consist of 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 more.
  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of automobile accidents in the United States. If drivers fail to give the road their undivided attention even for a moment, they can put themselves and others in danger. Common distractions can include using a cell phone while driving, eating, searching for something in the car, and speaking to other passengers.

Proving Negligence

Drivers who act negligently on the road can cause serious injuries or even death to anyone on the road, including themselves. If a person finds themselves the victim of negligent driving, they may wish to hold the driver responsible for their actions. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit in which the injured party must satisfy the burden of proof. To do so, they are required to collect evidence that proves the accident and the injuries they sustained were a direct result of the driver’s poor behavior. Evidence that can be helpful can include a police report from the accident, medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the scene of the accident, and any witnesses.

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.