What Types of Negligence Contribute to Auto Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | February 27th, 2019

One of the key factors in all personal injury claims is negligence. When a person or party has acted negligently, they may be held liable for any and all accident-related expenses incurred by victims.

At Ponce Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers are tasked with determining how drivers’ negligence contributes to crashes every day throughout Middle Tennessee. But what does negligence mean when referring to car accidents?

There are a few common types of negligence that are strongly associated with crashes, and they include:

  • Speeding—Driving faster than the posted speed limit is still one of the most common causes of auto accidents in Tennessee. When drivers speed, they break the law and engage in negligent behavior.
  • Driving while impaired—Getting behind the wheel while legally intoxicated—having a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher—is a significant risk factor for accidents. In addition to being at risk for DUI arrests, impaired drivers can also be held responsible for damages they cause.
  • Driving while distracted—Texting while driving is a growing epidemic in Tennessee and nationwide. State laws forbid it, and drivers who are caught face fines and tickets. When text messages result in accidents, negligent drivers can be considered liable for victims’ injuries.

If you were hurt in a crash through no fault of your own, there’s a good chance it was caused by negligence. Our legal team is ready to investigate the accident and determine its cause to help you get maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.