Negligence and Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen anytime and anywhere. In fact, even a single mistake while on the wheel can be very devastating. But in a sense, car accidents are understandable if they happen because of legitimate reasons, like innocent driver errors.
Negligence, on the other hand, is a different story. Drivers, vehicle manufacturers, and road maintenance providers can be negligent in a way that can cause car accidents. Whoever is at fault, the fact that there are serious damages will not change.
The website of the Amerio Law Firm has enumerated the most common damages in car accidents, including the obvious financial burdens such as medical costs for the victims, repair costs for the car damages, and emotional burdens such as emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and worst, loss of relationships due to death.
Drivers can be considered negligent when they do reckless behaviors, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs, driving while fatigued or sleepy, speeding, street racing, tailgating, and weaving. But even simple behaviors like not using turn signals, rushing through yellow traffic lights, and not yielding to stop signs and pedestrians can also be considered negligent.
According to the website of this Sheboygan accident lawyer, those who have been hurt of car accidents because of someone else’s recklessness may have legal options, which is good news.
Designers and manufacturers can be considered negligent when there are inherent flaws in the design of the car or its parts or defects caused by the manufacturing process. This is particularly problematic for airbags, brake systems, door latches, seatbelts, and tires, as they can be the primary causes of injuries and accidents.
Like drivers, designers and manufacturers can also be held liable, if they are clearly the ones at fault and not the driver’s lack of maintenance or care towards his or her car.
Maintenance provider negligence
Construction companies and maintenance providers of roads can also be considered negligent, especially if the roads have poor designs or materials that easily break or if there are malfunctioning equipment such as broken traffic lights.
They can be taken to court if the accident is clearly their fault, like on instances where potholes make vehicles lose control and crash and defective traffic lights create right-of-way issues.