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Types of Negligence in Maryland Car Accidents

Types of Negligence in Maryland Car Accidents

It is the unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen at any time. While drivers have a responsibility to act safely on the road, they are subject to human error. It is possible for a driver to become distracted and take their eyes off the road, leading to an accident. Major accidents often stem from one moment of negligence. Accidents that are caused by another person’s negligence can often lead to very serious injuries and even sometimes death. After an accident, an injured party may wish to speak with an experienced attorney after they receive medical attention to discuss their options.

Types of Negligence

Negligence can be seen on the road in a variety of ways. These can generally be covered by two main actions. This can include:

  • Dangerous Driving: When a driver acts unsafe on the road, they are putting others in danger. Some examples of this may include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and lights, street racing, and much more. It may also include individuals driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are several ways a driver can become distracted on the road. One of the most common that is seen today is using a mobile phone while driving. Drivers sometimes use their phone on the road as navigation, to make or receive phone calls, listen to music, send a text or email, and searching the internet. In addition to this, distractions can include eating, searching for something in the car, or speaking to other passengers in the car.

Proving Negligence

When a driver is negligent on the road, they can put others on the road at great risk. If an individual’s negligent behavior causes an injury to another person on the road, the driver may be held responsible. If a person wants to hold another party responsible for their injury, they can pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This works to hold the party responsible for the damage they caused due to their negligence.

In order to do this, the injured party must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires them to gather evidence that proves the accident and injuries sustained happened as a direct result of the other driver’s negligence. Evidence in a case may consist of a police report from the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injury, pictures and videos of the accident, or any witnesses.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident as a result of negligence, contact the Law Offices of Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC today.

Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.