Understanding how negligence applies to car accidents could help Massachusetts drivers avoid accidents. It could also be useful to individuals who have been the victim of an accident and want to show that the other driver was guilty of negligence.

In order for negligence to apply, certain requirements will need to be met. First, an expectation for some reasonable degree of care is required. This usually isn’t a problem in the context of car accidents since all drivers are expected to keep others safe. Second, evidence will need to be presented showing that reasonable care was not exercised. Third, evidence will have to be presented showing that personal losses or injuries were the direct result of the driver’s negligent actions.

Drivers could prove themselves negligent for several reasons. One example would be failing to adhere to traffic laws. A driver who did not signal when changing lanes or turning could be viewed as negligent. Another example would be a driver who caused an accident because they did not follow a vehicle at a safe distance. If they follow a vehicle too closely, this means that they will not have time to stop if the driver ahead of them slams on the brakes.

When a person is behind the wheel, they are expected to be in full control of their vehicle. If they do not have both hands on the steering wheel, if they use the vehicle in an inappropriate way or if they do not stay in a position where they can control the vehicle, they may be guilty of negligence.

Motor vehicle accidents that are caused by negligent drivers can cause serious injuries and even death. A person who is the victim of an accident might speak with an attorney. The attorney may be able to examine the circumstances of the accident and help prove negligence. A lawyer might help the client get compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering and more.