Emergency responders, including firefighters and paramedics, attend to an overturned red vehicle on a busy highway. A stretcher is being prepared to transport an injured person, while other responders assess the scene. Several vehicles are involved in the crash.

It is the unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen at any time. This can happen in many ways. While drivers have an obligation to act safely on the road, they are only human and subject to mistakes. It is possible for a driver to become distracted and take their eyes off the road for only a moment, leading to an accident. Major accidents often stem from just a moment of a driver’s negligence. Accidents caused by another person’s negligence can often lead to very dangerous accidents and even sometimes death. After an accident, an injured party may wish to speak with an experienced attorney at a later moment to discuss their options.

Types of Negligence

Driver negligence can be seen on the road in a variety of ways. These can generally be covered by two main actions. This can include:

  • Dangerous Driving: A driver acts negligently if they do not follow the rules of the road. When operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner, drivers put others on the road in danger. Some examples of this 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: All drivers must 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 may cause a driver to not pay attention on the road. One of the most common distractions today is the use of a mobile phone behind the wheel of a vehicle. Phones are sometimes 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 on the road, they can put others on the road at great risk. If negligent behavior causes an injury to another person on the road, that driver may be held responsible. If an individual wants to hold another party responsible for their injury, they must satisfy the “burden of proof.” This requires the injured party to collect evidence proving the accident and injury was a result of that negligence. Evidence for a 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 Offices of Hausman & Pendzick today.

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represents victims of neglect in Westchester County and across the state of New York. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.