Statistics show that in the United States over the last 20 years, non-alcohol related fatalities have increased dramatically. This is related to drivers becoming more distracted, careless, impatient, and in conclusion negligent.
In a country filled with smart phones, in car gadgets, and sleep deprived individuals speeding to their desired destination, the chances of these negligent drivers being at fault during an accident substantially increases. In 2010, there were approximately 5,419,000 automobile accidents resulting in 32,885 deaths and 2,239,000 injuries, many of which were a result of negligent driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. In some cases, you may have lost a loved one in an automobile accident, which may result in a wrongful death lawsuit.
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In most cases negligent driving can be prevented by abiding by traffic laws. These laws were put in place to keep people safe; unfortunately, they are broken by many motorists every day. A person’s action can be classified as negligent if it was preventable in the first place and no action was taken to minimize a chance for injury.
Common forms of negligence include (but are not limited to):
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Talking or texting while driving (reduces reaction time by 30%)
- Putting make-up on while driving
- Shaving while driving
- Driving while intoxicated (cause 7% of traffic accidents per year)
- Driving while drowsy (1,550 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year)
- Speeding (causes 22,456 deaths and 30% of traffic fatalities per year)
- Unsafe driving
- Aggressive driving
- Defective vehicle parts
There are dozens of ways a driver can be negligent and in almost all cases this can be preventable. The Eichholz Law Firm will fight for you to help you receive the compensation you deserve due to the negligence of another driver. Fill out the “Free Case Review” on this page to learn more.
Negligent Driving Penalties
When a person decides to drive negligently and causes an accident, that person can face extreme penalties, especially if another person is killed or seriously injured. If a person is convicted of negligent driving, the conviction can result in result in either criminal or civil penalties which include fines and jail time.
A person who is being sued for negligent driving can choose to plead guilty, accept responsibility, or enter a plea of not guilty. In some cases a person may negotiate a plea deal where they plead guilty to a lesser negligent driving charge rather than a more serious one. In either case this will typically lead to increased insurance cost classifying that person as a high risk driver.
What To Do After An Accident
If you have been involved in an automobile accident as a result of a negligent driver, there are several things you should do at the scene of the accident. These simple things will help our lawyers build a case against the negligent individual and help you get the compensation you deserve. These steps are as follows:
- Call for help immediately
- See if anyone else is injured
- Take photos and videos of the scene
- Collect contact information from the other driver
- Collect contact information from witnesses
- Wait for law enforcement to arrive
- Never leave the scene of the accident
Following these steps will assist in retaining information that is quickly lost after an accident. It will also help to build a case is you need to pursue legal action for injuries or damages that may have been sustained.