Driver negligence is the main contributing factor in most auto accidents. You can sue and recover compensation for your injuries if you can prove that the other driver was negligent was negligent. That means that while the driver did not intentionally cause your accident, they made a choice to use less than the necessary level of care and can be held liable for your costs and losses. To learn more and find out if you have a case, talk to an experienced Shreveport car accident lawyer today.
What is Driver Negligence?
We have a duty to use a reasonable amount of care to avoid causing accidents. Negligence is failing to use that basic level of care. Examples include:
- Distracted driving of all kinds, including texting, talking on the phone and engaging in technology-free distractions such as rubbernecking
- Fatigued or drowsy driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions even within the speed limit
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to use turn signals
- Failure to yield
- Failure to secure cargo
- Failure to use headlights
- Failure to maintain lane
- Aggressive driving
Some forms of negligence, such as drunk driving and road rage, can rise to a more extreme level of negligence making punitive damages available. Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer, rather than to compensate you, the victim.
Is It Fair to Sue for Negligence?
Negligence is a choice. It is the choice to put others at risk. When the other driver chose to text or run the red light, they were hoping not to get in an accident, but made the decision to take that chance, not only for themself but for everyone else on the road. You have suffered for it. You cannot undo the fact that you are suffering for their selfish choice, but you can and should demand that they pay for the damage they have caused. That is why we have mandatory liability insurance. Their insurance exists to pay for your medical expenses, lost income and your pain and suffering. It is certainly not fair for you or your family to pay for the harm a negligent driver caused.