With so many people on the road at once, it is unfortunately impossible to prevent crashes from happening entirely. This is especially true of crashes caused by negligence.
Proving negligence of another party is an important part of proving that a driver is not at fault after a crash, so it is important to understand exactly what this entails.
Reduced vehicular control
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discuss distracted driving, one of the biggest forms of negligence. Other forms of negligent and risky driving behaviors include driving while intoxicated, and even driving while drowsy.
These dangerous driving behaviors all have a few things in common. First, they reduce a driver’s ability to maintain control over their vehicle. This is especially true in situations where road or weather conditions already put a person’s vehicular control at risk. Cars should also undergo regular inspections to ensure that all parts work.
Uncontrolled driving speeds
Next, they often result in the driver hitting unreasonable speeds. Drivers tend to speed up when distracted or intoxicated, but some drivers may also slow down to the point where they cause traffic congestion and end up causing an accident that way.
Not remaining vigilant
It is also the legal duty of drivers to remain vigilant at all times, which negligent drivers are not. Failure to do so could saddle someone with the legal responsibility of a crash, especially if the crash was caused by something a cautious person would have been able to avoid.
By understanding these issues, it is possible to determine who is at fault in a crash and why.