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Your accident may have been caused by negligence

If you have recently been involved in an accident, you probably need to consult with an attorney to make sure that your rights remain protected and to determine whether or not your experience qualifies you to pursue fair compensation from the other party or parties in the accident. Sometimes, it is not easy to know who is at fault in the accident — but that does not help you if you suffered injuries. Even if the other party did not do anything intentionally to harm you, they may be responsible because of their negligence.

Generally speaking, negligence implies that a person did not intentionally do something against another person with malice, but their actions still caused or contributed to the harm. A driver might be negligent if he or she simply does not follow traffic signs, or does not properly signal when changing lanes. Negligence can also be active, such as a driver who runs through a stop sign or red light. If the disregard for rules or others' presence is particularly strong, the driver may be deemed reckless.

It is also possible for an individual be deemed liable even if they did not take any actions that caused the car accident. This generally happens when a person is driving an unauthorized or defective vehicle, or if the person is improperly carrying something dangerous like hazardous waste or explosives.

Whatever the nature of your accident may be, you should not have to walk through your recovery alone. A skillful attorney can help you understand the intricacies of your accident and examine the details of the situation to determine ways that the law may work in your favor. Do not hesitate to consult with an experienced attorney to ensure that your rights remain protected as you seek justice in your accident.

Source: findlaw, "Fault and Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents," accessed April 26, 2017

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