What does the term "negligence" mean in car accident cases?

Posted in and tagged by Kenneth A. Wilhelm, Esq.

Negligence refers to careless or reckless behavior on the part of another individual and/or company. A person can be negligent by having done something or by failing to do something that he or she should have done. Common examples of driver negligence include:

  • Exceeding the speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed given the traffic, weather and roadway conditions
  • Making an unsafe lane change
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Failure to follow the rules of the road such as running a red light or stop sign or failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian
  • Distracted driving, such as talking on the cell phone or texting while driving
  • Failure to maintain one’s vehicle properly