When someone operates a motor vehicle, they are expected to act responsibly. While on the roadways, a driver must be incredibly alert and aware of all factors including surrounding drivers and weather conditions. A motorist who chooses to focus on distractions rather than remaining an attentive driver is at a greater risk for being involved in a motorvehicle accident. Negligent driving refers to a broad range of careless or reckless behavior including:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Texting and driving
- Performing unsafe lane changes
- Eating while driving
- Applying make-up while driving
- Driving on little or no sleep
- Talking on a cell phone and driving
It is no secret that motorists perform the preceding acts every day. We see people talking on cell phones during the morning commute, eating a quick snack in between errands and weaving in and out of lanes to avoid traffic. While we all know these are negligent acts, many of us don’t even think twice when we see them occurring. These behaviors may seem harmless but the unfortunate reality is that they lead to countless motor vehicle related injuries and fatalities and they can dramatically change the lives of all those effected.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident due to the other driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an attorney as soon after the accident as possible. A personal injury lawyer can assess the circumstances, gather witness statements and obtain evidence to help provide you with high quality legal representation.