All drivers in the state of Maryland are required to operate their vehicles safely. This is because it is important to ensure not only their own well-being but that of everyone else on the road. However, not all drivers follow this law and continue to drive negligently on the road. This often causes dangerous accidents that lead to life-changing injuries and sometimes even death. When this happens, victims may wish to pursue legal action to recover compensation for their suffering. This can be accomplished with a personal injury claim. When dealing with these matters, it is important to contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to assist your case.
Types of Negligence
Driving negligently behind the wheel of any kind of vehicle can put countless people in harm’s way. There are various actions that can be considered negligent driving. These can generally be put into two categories:
- Dangerous driving: This occurs when drivers do not follow the rules of the road. Actions that can be considered dangerous driving can include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to follow by stop signs and lights, racing, driving under the influence, etc.
- Distracted driving: As one of the leading causes of automobile accidents in the United States, distracted driving occurs when a driver does not provide the road and other vehicles with their undivided attention. Common distractions can include using a cell phone behind the wheel, eating, searching for something in the car, and speaking to other passengers.
When a driver is negligent on the road, it can cause injuries and death to many people. It is because of this that those who become injured or the families of those who lose a loved one can hold a negligent party liable for the accident. It is important to know that, in filing a personal injury claim, that the injured party is required to prove negligence in order to be successful. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that the injuries were a direct result of the driver’s negligent actions. Evidence that can be useful can include medical documentation of the injuries, a police report from the accident, pictures or videos of the scene, and witnesses to the incident. If successful, the individual may be able to recover compensation to cover any damages caused by the accident.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been injured in an accident. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.