According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 alone, there were 5,615,000 police reported car crashes. Thus unsurprisingly there has been a rise in personal injury claims each year. The law of negligence governs the legal claims arising from motor vehicle accidents.
Reasonable care needs to be taken by people who operate automobiles. It is considered negligence if the car driver does not take care while driving. The person who negligently drove the vehicle will need to pay for all the damages incurred in case of an accident either to a person or property.
The plaintiff i.e. the injured party needs to prove that the defendant i.e. the injurer was negligent while driving causing an accident that resulted in injury to person(s) and/or property. They need to prove that the car accident happened due to negligence, and it primarily caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
In some cases, faults need to be determined by the police of who was at fault, who was negligent and the accident was caused. It needs to figured out who was at fault with the help of instincts and facts. Then the attorney will look at the proof, police reports and listen to witnesses to understand the source of the accident and faulty party.
The court looks as factors like who disobeyed the traffic rules, who failed to signal at the turn, who was driving beyond or below the posted speed limit, who completely disregarded the weather or traffic conditions or if anyone or both the parties were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.