Automobile accidents are common on California roads but that does not make them any less difficult for victims to recover from. Depending upon the severity of the crash, a victim may suffer serious and life-threatening harm that was caused by the accident. While the cause of accidents can vary, one of the most common reasons that individuals suffer losses in incidents on roadways is the negligence of other drivers.
Negligence occurs when someone fails to act as a person normally would under the circumstances. For example, a driver must act reasonably given the circumstances to protect others that they may encounter on the roads.
A driver may fail in their duty to others by allowing distractions to take control of their attention. A driver may choose to use their smart phone while driving and take their eyes off the road. They may allow their emotions to get the better of them and drive in a dangerous state of road rage. They may focus their attention on passengers in their own vehicle and may lose focus on the important task of driving.
If a driver breaches their duty to others and causes an accident that injures others, the driver may be liable for the losses they inflicted upon others. Building a case on negligence after a motor vehicle accident can be complex, but victims can seek help from legal professionals. Attorneys can help victims build a case against the negligent driver and recover compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and other losses.