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What is negligence and how does it affect car accident claims?

Car accidents have the potential to completely disrupt a person's life. Even minor collisions can lead to expensive car repairs and painful injuries that require medical attention. Severe crashes can result in catastrophic damages and even death in some cases.

Considering the fact that your life can be turned upside down after an accident, it may come as great relief to know that there are legal remedies available to victims of crashes caused by a negligent party. In order to assess your options, you should first have an understanding of what negligence is.

Basically speaking, negligence is the legal theory that someone had a duty to act in a particular manner and failed to do so. Because of this failure, others were injured.

For example, negligence behind the wheel can mean failing to comply with traffic laws or acting in such a way that is known to be dangerous. Because drivers share the road with others, it can be claimed that the driver had a relationship with other motorists and breached the duty to "exercise reasonable care." 

If it can be argued that an accident would have been avoided had the driver's breach of duty not occurred, then there may very well be grounds to pursue financial compensation for resulting damages.

It is crucial to note here that you will also need to prove that you were harmed as a result of the driver's negligence. This can include damage to your property, emotional distress, lost wages, physical injuries and/or medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident. 

Understanding the elements of negligence may be much more complex than you expect, especially when it comes to building a specific case. Because of this, it can be crucial to discuss the details of a car accident with a personal injury attorney who can explain the legal process as well as your options and rights as an accident victim.

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