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Types of Negligence in New York Car Accidents

Car accidents can, unfortunately, happen at any time in many ways. Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely. However, all drivers 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. Many dangerous accidents often stem from just a moment of a driver’s negligence. A person’s negligence can often lead to severe accidents and even sometimes death. After an accident, 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 several ways. Generally, these actions can be covered by two main categories. This can include:

  • Dangerous Driving: A driver acts negligently if they do not follow the rules of the road. When operating a vehicle unsafely, drivers put others on the road in danger. Some examples may be speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and lights, street racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more.
  • Distracted Driving: Drivers are required to give the road their full attention. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. There are several distractions that can cause a driver to not pay attention to the road. One of the most common distractions is the use of a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. Phones are used 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 acts negligently behind the wheel, they can put others on the road at great risk. If this behavior causes an injury to another person, that driver may be held responsible for these injuries. If a person wants to hold another party responsible for their injury, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires the injured party to gather evidence that proves the accident and injury was a result of that negligence. Evidence for a successful 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 Office of Richard M. Kenny today.

Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. Call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer.

2019-05-02T15:49:21+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Types of Negligence in New York Car Accidents