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Driver Negligence

Driver Negligence

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If you have been injured in a car accident, there is a good chance it was caused by some sort of negligent or wrongful act on the part of a driver. This is the most frequent cause of motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. Drivers are human and make mistakes, but they should still be held accountable if they fail to obey traffic laws, drive while distracted or otherwise place others at risk through their carelessness.

Givens Givens Sparks is a Tampa personal injury law firm committed to helping car accident victims and their families seek justice. The majority of traffic collisions can be attributed to some form of driver negligence or wrongdoing, and our legal team knows how to look for and prove this type of misconduct so our clients can seek maximum financial compensation. We offer a free consultation to help you get the answers you need – call now or read on to learn more about this important subject.

Negligent Drivers Place Everyone on the Road at Risk

When used in the context of auto accidents, negligence is defined as an act or failure to act with reasonable care, resulting in another's injury. Every driver has an obligation to obey traffic laws and to take reasonable measures to avoid a collision by paying attention to the road and properly maintaining his or her vehicle. If a driver does something or fails to do something, and that failure constitutes a lack of reasonable care causing a car accident, that driver may be held liable if another person is injured.

Some examples of driver negligence or wrongdoing may include:

  • Driving while distracted
  • Texting or talking on the phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Lighting and/or smoking a cigarette
  • Adjusting the radio or an in-vehicle navigation system
  • Looking at a map
  • Rubbernecking (looking at an accident)
  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Failing to properly maintain brakes, headlights or taillights
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Committing other traffic violations

An example of driver negligence.

Jerry is driving down a city street when he approaches an intersection. The light has just turned from green to yellow. Instead of looking at the road, however, Jerry is looking down because he just received a text message that he wants to read. He does not notice that the light has now changed to red, and he barrels through the intersection. Sally, in the meantime, is driving on the intersecting street. She has a green light and proceeds legally through the intersection, only to be struck by Jerry's vehicle. Sally suffers serious injuries. In the above situation, if Sally suffered severe or permanent injuries, she may be able to seek financial compensation for her medical care, lost earnings and possibly more, such as pain and suffering. Though the accident was an unintentional consequence of his texting, Jerry is still considered liable.


Now is the time to learn more about your legal options and how you can hold a negligent driver accountable for causing your injuries. Contact a Tampa car accident attorney today for a free, confidential case review.


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