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Examining the basic elements of car accidents

Many people are aware of car accidents but just never think that such a catastrophe will happen to them. The sad reality is that car accidents happen to real people and can have devastating effects. The most severe outcome related to a car accident is death or serious injury. There are many reasons a car accident can occur with the corresponding injuries as a result.

The first way car wrecks can occur is due to negligence. Negligence, often called carelessness, is when a driver fails to operate a motor vehicle with a standard of care legally expected of them. Negligence can manifest itself as disobeying traffic signals, failure to signal while turning or changing lanes, speeding or driving too dangerous for weather conditions, just to name a few. Reckless driving can occur when a person is speeding or changing lanes excessively or even driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

These accidents can cause terrible injuries such as head, neck and back injuries that require immediate and significant medical attention. Serious injuries can even consist of many months or even years of rehabilitation. This medical care is necessary but often is accompanied by a slew of medical bills. Even health insurance will not cover everything so if another party is responsible for you or your family's misfortune, they should be held accountable.

It may seem like a hassle to put the blame of a car accident on the responsible party. However, long term it is probably a necessity financially to do so. The reparations a negligent driver can make towards your injuries could mean the difference between just staying afloat and being comfortable financially. Keep in mind what could be atoned for if a negligent party is held responsible for their wrongs.

Source: injury.findlaw, "Car Accident Basics," Accessed Nov. 1, 2015

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