Elements of Negligence in a Car Accident

The trauma of a car accident can significantly alter your life in many ways. If your car is totaled, you may lose the only transportation that you have to get to work and take care of your family. If you've been seriously injured, then you may have pain from those injuries that last for the rest of your life. And if your injury alters your ability to complete your job, or if you require ongoing rehabilitation, you may lose wages from lost time at work, which can have negative consequences that affect your whole family.

At Van Dorn, Curtiss, Rousseau & Ross, PLLC we want to assure those who live in New Hampshire and Vermont that if you've been negatively affected from a car accident that wasn't your fault, you're entitled compensation for your injuries and any loss of quality of life. But to ensure you are compensated fairly by the responsible party, you need to show that the other driver was negligent. Some examples of negligence and at-fault driving include:

  • Speeding
  • Running a stop light or stop sign
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Rear end collision
  • Left turn collisions

These are some of the many incidences of fault that can prove negligence on the responsible driver. Showing negligence is an important part of car accident litigation. When pursing legal action against a negligent driver, you need to:

  • Show that the law required the negligent drive to be reasonably careful while driving
  • Show that the driver was not careful
  • Show that the negligent driver's actions caused your injuries or damages

If any of the above applies to you, you have the right to file a claim and pursue compensation for any damages and suffering that resulted from the accident.


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