Types of Negligence in New York Car Accidents

Types of Negligence in New York Car Accidents

In New York, it is no secret that roads can become very crowded and chaotic. It is because of this that all drivers should always be operating their vehicles safely and carefully. All drivers have a legal obligation to do so, otherwise they can cause serious accidents that lead to injuries and even death in many cases. While some car accidents are simply accidents, one of the leading causes is driver negligence. When a person is injured in an accident due to driver negligence, they can pursue legal action to hold the driver responsible. This can be done with the assistance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney to help your case. 

Types of Negligence

Driver negligence can be seen in a variety of ways. These actions can be classified into two general categories: 

  • Dangerous driving: This is when a person fails to follow the rules of the road. Actions that are considered dangerous can include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and street lights, street racing, driving under the influence, and more. 
  • Distracted driving: This is when drivers fail to give the road their undivided attention at all times while they are driving. Common distractions can include using electronics while driving, such as cell phones or navigation systems. It can also include eating, looking for something in the car, or engaging with other passengers while driving.

Proving Negligence

Negligent drivers put not only themselves but others at risk for life-changing injuries or even death. When someone experiences this, they can pursue legal action against the negligent party to hold them liable. In order to be successful, they are required to prove that the other party was negligent with evidence that shows the accident and injuries were a direct result of the driver’s actions. Evidence that can be helpful may be the police report from the accident, any medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the wreckage, and any witnesses to the incident.

Contact our Firm

At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!