Negligence as a Cause of Legal Action for a Car Accident


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Research has shown that most cases of auto accidents result from an act of negligence. Of course, there are instances of deliberate or malicious acts but these are usually few. Accidents resulting from automobiles are typically severe and highly devastating with a large percentage of them resulting in death. Survivors are often left with varying grades of disabilities which usually have several far reaching consequences.

Consequences of Negligent acts in Auto Accidents

The most obvious consequence of negligence is physical but physical consequences usually progress to several others and they are all interwoven. If an accident doesn’t result in death, it usually causes permanent disabilities. These disabilities have the potential of altering the victim’s life forever. For instance, a life guard who is involved in an accident resulting in spinal injury and paralysis can no longer make a living from his or her former job as a life guard. Apart from the physical and psychological pain involved, the victim is also no longer in a position to provide for his or her dependents. This hasn’t even factored in the cost of treatment and rehabilitation. Thinking about this would get anybody mad especially since the disaster was due to the negligence of another party.

Staying mad won’t solve the problem however, which is why you need to get a lawyer. The basic requirement for winning favorable verdicts in cases of auto accidents is the ability to prove that the accident resulted directly from the negligent actions or inactions of another entity. Of course, no amount of compensation can fully replace the losses sustained; however, compensation goes a long way in fulfilling the different obligations that arise as a result of the accident.

There are basically three types of negligence in cases of auto accidents and they are: ordinary negligence, gross negligence and comparative negligence. Ordinary negligence refers to a situation in which a party fails to apply reasonable caution, the result of which is the accident. Gross negligence refers to a situation whereby the level of negligence displayed by the guilty party can be considered extremely reckless and with blatant disregard for the safety of the victim. Comparative negligence on the other hand refers to the victim’s own contribution to the occurrence of the accident. It is the responsibility of an auto accident lawyer is to prove in court the negligence that resulted in the occurrence of the accident.  

To speak with Nationally Recognized Car Accident Attorney Emery Brett Ledger Call 800-300-0001.  Mr. Ledger will provide you a FREE detailed car accident case evaluation.

From the author: The Ledger Law Firm
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