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Negligence Car Accident

Experienced Orange County Personal Injury Lawyers Aggressively Representing Accident Victims Throughout Southern California

Motor vehicle collisions are typically referred to as accidents; however, the word “accident” isn’t exactly accurate as it implies that there was nothing that could have avoided the outcome. The fact is, most car accidents are the result of driver negligence. Whether you were injured in a DUI accident, a distracted driving accident, or any other type of negligence car accident, you may be looking for ways to recover financial compensation for the damages you suffered. At Power Trial Lawyers, we are here to help in any way we can. Our dedicated team of Orange County car accident lawyers has the experience, knowledge and skill needed to successfully bring a claim on your behalf, connecting you with the compensation you need to get your life back on track after an “accident.”

What is Negligence?

In the context of motor vehicle collisions, “negligence” is a legal term that doesn’t necessarily equate to its everyday meaning. In fact, most personal injury cases fall under the umbrella of negligence. When it comes to negligence car accidents, an injured victim must prove the following elements:

  1. The other driver owed the victim a duty of care;
  2. The other driver’s actions or failures to act violated the duty of care owed to the victim;
  3. The other driver’s breach of the duty was the cause of the accident; and
  4. The victim suffered economic or non-economic damages as a result.

You need to meet each of these elements to recover for your injuries. However, because all drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road, the first element, “duty,” is usually easily met. Each of the remaining three elements, however, can pose challenges to accident victims in certain situations. An experienced negligence car accident lawyer can help victims understand their rights and pursue the appropriate claims.

Most types of accidents involve a driver’s negligence. This is because you don’t need to prove that another driver tried to cause an accident or even broke the law. Instead, you must establish that the other driver’s actions failed to live up to the standards society puts upon all motorists. For example, any of the following can be considered a negligence car accident:

  • Aggressive driving accidents,
  • Drunk driving accidents,
  • Distracted driving accidents,
  • Lane-change accidents,
  • Drowsy driving accidents, and
  • Red light accidents.

Of course, this is just a partial list; any accident can involve a driver’s negligence. In fact, some accidents occur as a result of another party’s negligence, such as the manufacturer of a vehicle or part.

Manufacturers, like drivers, owe a duty not only to the person who buys their product but also to anyone else who may get hurt if the manufacturer’s product is defective or dangerously designed. For example, tire defects, malfunctioning brake systems, faulty steering mechanisms and more can all form the basis of a negligence car accident claim.

Of course, accident victims should not expect that another driver or manufacturer will admit to being negligent. These parties most often have insurance companies that will be on the hook for a victim’s damages if their claim is successful. Thus, in most cases, the insurance company decides whether to compensate someone for their injuries. And because insurance companies operate to make money, they do everything possible to deny a claim or, when that’s impossible, reduce the value of a victim’s claim. Having an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer handle your case ensures that your claim is given the attention it deserves by the other driver, their insurance company, and the court system.

Reach Out to the Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys at Power Trial Lawyers

If you were recently involved in a collision and believe that another’s negligence caused the accident, Power Trial Lawyers can help you determine your rights and aggressively pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf. We have more than a decade of experience handling all types of Southern California car accident cases on behalf of our clients and have a documented history of obtaining meaningful compensation for injured drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and more. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today, call (888) 808-2179. You can also connect with us through our online contact form. We proudly represent clients in Los Angeles County and Orange County and have conveniently located offices in Los Angeles and Newport Beach.

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