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What is considered negligence after a Reno car accident?

After you or a loved one have been involved in an incident where personal injury has resulted, you may be unsure of what to do next. Bodily injury resulting from a Reno car accident can be severe, and even if the injuries are described as moderate, it can have a huge impact on the injured person’s life.

One word often tossed around after someone suffers car accident injuries is negligence. Negligence is a term given to behavior that fell below a certain standard of care when a person or a third-party owed a duty to the injured.

Because personal injury suits seek to recover damages from those accused of negligence, it is important that those seeking those damages have a basic understanding of what negligence is. Do not be confused by the term ‘duty of care,’ either. Reno citizens are expected to exercise care for themselves and those around them. Even if there was no malicious intent behind an accident, one can still be found negligent after a car accident.

It is crucial that the behavior, actions or inaction of the driver accused of negligence directly caused the harm that the injured has suffered. For instance, a driver may have been engaging in distracted driving at the time of the accident, in near proximity to the injured. However, if the distracted driving did not directly affect the plaintiff, or if it didn’t set off a chain reaction ultimately injuring the plaintiff, the plaintiff may not have a viable legal claim. It must be proven that the defendant’s behavior directly or indirectly caused the injuries one may have suffered in a car accident. Damages one may seek after a car accident are related to financial, physical or emotional hardship the injured has suffered as a result of the accident.

Car accidents can have lasting effects beyond what one may be able to initially comprehend, and it is important to take the unknown long-term affects into consideration.

Source: FindLaw, “Proving Fault: What is Negligence,” Accessed November 28, 2016

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