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What does the term “negligence” mean in car accident cases?

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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

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