In some car accident cases, it is extremely obvious who caused the accident. For example, if a clearly drunk driver was driving the wrong way down a one-way street and hit another car, there will likely be no question who should be held liable for the losses sustained by accident victims. However, in many cases, liability is not so clear and, in fact, more than one party may have contributed to the accident. The following are some of the parties that are commonly responsible in a car accident.
- Other Drivers
- Drivers can be careless in many ways that can lead to a crash. Some of the most common driver errors include:
- Distracted driving1
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving
- Violating traffic signals or traffic laws
- Fatigued driving
- Not maintaining their vehicle
- Driving too fast for road, traffic, or weather conditions
The above actions – and much more – will likely be considered to be negligent and, therefore, the negligent driver will be held liable for the losses of others involved in the accident. You can recover through a no-fault insurance claim,2 by filing a claim with their insurance, or by filing a legal claim against the driver in civil court.
Another common cause of car accidents is a malfunction of the brakes, tires, or another part of the car. In some cases, the malfunction is not due to lack of maintenance but instead because the part was defective in the first place. Auto manufacturers can be held liable for selling defectively designed or assembled car parts that lead to accidents.
The local and state governments are charged with maintaining and repairing all public roadways so they are safe for driver use. If your accident occurred because of a dangerous condition on the road, such as a pothole or large crack, you can file a claim against the government to seek compensation for your losses.
Call an Experienced Ocala Car Accident Attorney for Help Today
Determining who is responsible for your accident is necessary to recover for your losses. If you have been in an accident, please contact the Ocala auto accident lawyers at Meldon Law so that we can evaluate your case. Please call us for a free consultation at (352) 373-8000 today.
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