Examples of Auto Negligence
Auto negligence can change the lives of many people who get injured in car accidents when one or both parties don’t exhibit good driving behavior. In order to hold another party responsible for any resulting car accident injuries, you have to show that the other person was acting in a negligent way.
Driving While Under the Influence
This is one of the most common ways that people suffer in car accidents and is a major form of auto negligence. Driving under the influence can mean you are driving after consuming drugs or alcohol. Both of these substances can alter the mind and cause you to drive in a manner that is dangerous for yourself and others.
There are strict rules in every state about driving after taking drugs or drinking alcohol. If you are hit by a drunk driver and they perform a field sobriety test and don’t pass, it will be pretty easy to prove that they were driving negligently.
If they were charged with a DUI, you can also bring this with you in a court case to prove to the judge that you were injured by them while they were displaying auto negligence.
Texting While Driving
Some states, including Florida, have rules about this, while others don’t. Either way, texting while driving and then causing an accident is a form of negligence. Texting or being on the phone while operating a car causes you to not be able to fully focus on the road and your surroundings.
Since Florida has laws against texting and driving, the person who caused the accident because of texting may face both criminal or civil charges. Proving negligence against them will be easy if there is a related criminal charge.
Not Following Traffic Laws
Not following the rules of the road is the simplest form of negligence, but they are not followed properly by many people every day. When people on the road fail to follow traffic laws, they can cause an accident very easily.
Not following traffic laws means running red lights, not yielding properly, or driving too quickly, as just a few examples. These are all forms of reckless driving and could result in tickets, fines, or harm to the person and those around them.
Some Other Forms of Negligence
Although the examples covered above are the main forms of negligence, there are many others, including:
- Driving while tired
- Failing to maintain your vehicle
- Aggressive driving
- Knowingly driving a defective vehicle
- Driving without a license
- Failing to follow signs
Get Ahold of a Lawyer After an Auto Accident
If you have been in an accident caused by someone who demonstrated auto negligence, contacting a lawyer from Gross & Schuster, P.A. to see your options might be a good idea. They will be able to help you with a lawsuit or any court documents if you decide to take action against the other person.