Negligent Driver Cause Your Crash?
Negligence is legally considered the failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care, resulting in injury to another. When a motorist fails to drive safely, this kind of negligence can easily result in a car accident and serious personal injuries. Driver negligence can take many forms. A driver might ignore, overlook or intentionally disobey traffic laws and signals. However, a negligent driver may also simply become distracted or complacent. Still, regardless of the exact cause, these kinds of car accidents are often preventable if drivers simply stay alert and follow traffic laws. As a result, victims of driver negligence may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages through an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit.
Most car accidents are caused by driver negligence, at least in part. At Riddle & Brantley, our attorneys have over 160 years of combined experience investigating and litigating personal injury claims involving negligence. A car accident lawyer from our law firm can investigate the circumstances of your case and gather evidence to show who was at fault. If driver negligence was involved, then we can help you hold the careless motorist accountable for your injuries and damages.
What are the Most Common Types of Negligent Driving?
All motorists have a duty to not only follow all traffic laws and rules of the road, but also to remain cautious and alert to all other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on the road. Therefore, any action or inaction on the part of a driver that increases the risk of a car crash is negligent behavior. Some common forms of driver negligence include:
- Speeding, including driving too fast for weather conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (Called “driving while impaired” in North Carolina)
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Failing to stop or move over for emergency vehicles
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Driving while fatigued
- Following too closely
- Reckless driving, including taking unnecessary risks
- Improper passing
According to the North Carolina DOT, the following forms of negligence are top contributors to car collisions in the state:
- Driver Inattention
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or light
- Improper Lane Change
- Failing to Reduce Speed
Additionally, drivers must keep their vehicles in good repair to prevent accidents as a result of malfunctions or equipment failure. This means you should regularly have your car’s brakes, tires, and lights checked to ensure safety. Negligent actions place all drivers, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, in danger of serious car crash injuries.
What Kinds of Car Accidents Commonly Result from Driver Negligence?
Driver negligence may contribute to any kind of car crash. However, some of the most common examples of car accidents that result from inattention and recklessness include:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a negligent driving accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and property damage. A car accident attorney can assist you in filing an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit as well as in proving the negligence of the at-fault driver.
However, North Carolina is a “contributory negligence” state. This means that, according to state law, if your own negligence contributes to the car crash in any way, you cannot collect compensation. Even if you are only one percent at fault, you cannot make any recovery at all, which is why very few states follow this kind of negligence law.
However, North Carolina also follows the Last Clear Chance doctrine. This means that, regardless of your negligence, if the other driver had the last clear chance to avoid the accident but failed to do so, then you can still recover for your injuries regardless of whether you were also negligent.
For this reason, it is important to seek the advice of a North Carolina car accident attorney after any kind of traffic collision.
Hurt by a Negligent Driver? Contact a North Carolina Car Accident Attorney Today
For years, Riddle & Brantley has provided injury victims with comprehensive legal counsel and guidance throughout the entire process of a car accident claim. Our knowledgeable team of North Carolina car accident lawyers and paralegals can work with you to build a strong case to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve under North Carolina law.
We have several offices located throughout the state and proudly serve the following areas:
- Kinston (by appointment only)
- Charlotte (by appointment only)
- Durham (by appointment only)
- Fayetteville (by appointment only)
- Greensboro (by appointment only)
- Greenville (by appointment only)
- Wilmington (by appointment only)
We also serve many more local towns and cities as well as areas nationwide. To find out how we can help you with your accident claim, contact us today at (800) 525-7111 or complete our convenient online contact form. Staff members are on-hand to take your call and connect you with one of our lawyers. We offer service to new clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.