How Duty of Care Applies to Car Accidents

The first element in any Georgia negligence case deals with duty of care. Duty of care essentially means that in everyday activities, all people owe one another a certain degree of care, so that people can live feeling safe from unreasonable harm.

It should come as no surprise, then, that duty of care takes on extra importance when you get behind the wheel of a car. Duty of care is actually the first concept that must be established if you're looking to receive compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident.

First, your Atlanta car accident lawyer has to prove the other driver owed you a duty of care by sharing the roadway with you. Second, your Atlanta personal injury attorney must prove the other person did not follow through on that duty. Perhaps the other driver ran a red light, failed to stop at a stop sign, was speeding, following too closely, or engaging in other actions that constitute unsafe driving and therefore a breach of duty. This is negligence.

Lastly, your attorney must demonstrate that the person's lack of care resulted in an accident in which you were injured, and prove what those injuries are and how they have affected your life.

It might sound simple enough to prove this element of legal negligence, but duty of care can actually be quite complicated in negligence cases, especially when dealing with car accidents involving multiple vehicles.

Negligence cases require a step-by-step, formulaic approach for laying out all the evidence of your case. If you've been injured in a car accident, it's best not to leave your future to chance. Hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney can help you understand the strengths and challenges of your case and how to satisfy the elements of negligence necessary to support your claim.

You can learn more about the elements of negligence by visiting our article library. 

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

If you are the victim of a car accident or some other type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

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