Car accidents are one of the most common ways by which California residents suffer injuries. In fact, car accidents are common throughout the country, but highly-populated states like California can make the possibility of being involved in a car accident even more of a threat. However, even though these incidents are fairly common, do most people know the basics about car accidents and the personal injury lawsuits that can be pursued as a result?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in a recent year, statistics showed that over 5,600,000 police reports were filed in the aftermath of car accidents. Of course, not all fender-benders result in injuries but anyone who is injured in a car accident and who needs to pursue a personal injury claim as a result should be familiar with one key term: negligence.
Negligence is a legal concept which, in essence, is a claim that someone owed a duty to others, breached that duty and as a result someone else suffered injuries and damages. The vast majority of personal injury claims proceed under the negligence theory of the case.
There are many different ways that drivers in California can be negligent while behind the wheel, and thus cause a car accident. Speeding and other traffic violations are probably some of the most common negligent acts, as is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, a common problem these days is with inattentive distracted drivers. Any of these negligent and reckless behaviors can be the basic claim behind a personal injury lawsuit.