Types of Negligence in Maryland Car Accidents

Car accidents can, unfortunately, happen at any time. There are many ways that an accident may happen on the road. While there are many rules for drivers to follow, they are still subject to human error. It is possible for a driver to become distracted and take their eyes off the road for one second, which can lead to an accident. Major accidents often stem from one moment of a driver’s negligence. Accidents can often lead to very serious accidents and even sometimes death. If this happens as a result of another driver’s negligence, they may be held responsible. Because of this, an injured party may wish to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss their options.

Types of Negligence

Negligence can be seen on the road in many different scenarios. These actions can generally be covered by two main categories. This can include:

  • Dangerous Driving: If a driver does not follow the rules of the road, they are negligent. When they drive in an unsafe manner, others on the road are put 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: Drivers are required to give the road their undivided attention. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. One of the most common distractions today is the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel of a vehicle. Drivers use their phone on the road as navigation, to make or receive phone calls, listen to music, send a text or email, or search the internet. In addition to this, other distractions include eating, looking for something in the car, or speaking to other passengers

Proving Negligence

When a driver acts negligently while behind the wheel of a vehicle, they can put others on the road at great risk. If negligent behavior causes an injury to another person on the road, the driver may be held liable for the injuries they cause as a result. If an individual wants to hold another party responsible for their injury, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires them to gather evidence that proves the accident and injury were a result of the driver’s negligence. Proper evidence may consist of a police report from 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 Markey & Orsi today.

The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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