Many car accidents are caused by negligent driving. A negligent driver
is one who doesn’t intentionally cause an accident, yet makes some
type of mistake that leads to it. In court, a
car accident attorney will establish that the other driver behaved negligently and is therefore
liable for the plaintiff’s damages. To establish liability, the
accident injury lawyer may introduce evidence to demonstrate that the
other driver violated traffic rules, fell asleep behind the wheel, engaged
in distracted driving, or was otherwise negligent.
Violating Traffic Rules
Accident lawyers may use police reports to show that the other driver was
traveling above the speed limit, ran a red light, or failed to stop at
a stop sign. Other common violations of traffic rules that can lead to
an auto accident include failure to signal a turn, failure to yield to
pedestrians, unsafe lane changes, and tailgating.
Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel
It can be just as dangerous to drive while fatigued as it is to drive while
under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Both types of negligent drivers
have impaired reaction times, poor ability to judge distances and speed,
and impaired decision-making skills. A fatigued driver who falls asleep
behind the wheel can cause an accident in the blink of an eye. However,
fatigued drivers pose a safety hazard even if they do not actually fall
asleep while driving.
Engaging in Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is a serious problem on the nation’s roadways.
An aggressive driver is likely to follow too closely, drive too quickly,
or pass another car in an unsafe manner.
Being Distracted by Non-Driving Activities
It’s common knowledge that using cell phones and other electronic
gadgets while behind the wheel is a bad idea. However, many drivers still do it.
Drivers can also be distracted by conversations with passengers, billboards, food and drink, and other
These are just a few examples of the types of cases that an auto accident
attorney can litigate. If you suspect that your accident was caused by
a negligent driver, you can find the help you need at the
Auto Accident Law Firm of Kevin Paul Childers. Call (703) 330-6300 today for an appointment with our automobile accident
lawyer in Herndon, VA.