Car Accidents caused by Negligence
Cappetta Law Offices is a full-service firm dedicated to personal injury law. Daniel J. Cappetta offers devoted representation to victims of car accidents caused by negligence. I will follow your case from the first complimentary consultation until you recover compensation, with no up-front cost to you. In fact, you pay nothing unless you recover an award.
Attention All Drivers
Car accidents caused by negligence are unfortunate but accepted facts of life. Despite efforts to crack down on talking and texting while driving, motorists have been reluctant to obey the law. Even without cell phone use, motorists continue to treat driving as a passive experience, tuning out when they should be focusing on the road. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving. With increasingly greater distractions provided by music, advertising, and hand-held devices, negligent driving has become an alarming national epidemic that only continues to spread.
Distracted and Negligent Driving Cause Accidents
Negligence refers to the driver's breach of a legal duty and consequent liability for accidents. Distracted driving is a perfect example of negligence because it illustrates a wide range of careless conduct that endangers the safety of others. By diverting the motorist's attention away from the road, distractions cause negligent driving. This, in turn, breaches a legal duty, making motorists liable for any resulting injuries. Accidents caused by negligence often involve:
- Texting, talking, or gaming
- Grooming, eating, and drinking
- Reading books, newspaper, maps
- Chatting with children, passengers
- Watching video, flashing billboards
- Use of cell phone or hand-held device
- Fixing side mirrors, navigation system
- Adjusting radio, CD player, or MP3 player
The Mechanics of Distraction and Negligent Driving
Proper driving actually requires a great deal of attention. Unlike airplanes, cars are not on auto-pilot; cruise control is not the same. Sadly, it is usually drivers who are on figurative auto-pilot, voluntarily shifting focus away from the primary task at hand. A momentary lapse of concentration does not seem dangerous, but simple laws of physics show that it is. Without preparation and the proper "defensive" maneuvers, motorists are more likely to crash. While the mind focuses on a non-driving activity, the vehicle has no commander and therefore cannot adapt to changes in traffic. The most common causes of preventable accidents include:
- Delayed braking
- Speed violations
- Sudden lane changes
- Failure to check blind spot
- Taking wrong entrance/exit
- Swerving into adjacent lanes
- Lack of space between vehicles
Liability for Accidents Caused by Negligent Driving
Drivers are responsible for whatever happens when they take their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel. If the car veers into another lane or rear-ends another vehicle, they are liable for any damages that result. Personal injury law provides recourse for victims injured by negligence. It holds drivers liable for conduct that endangers the safety of others. Because negligence does not require intentional conduct, drivers are liable whether they were ignorant of the risks or voluntarily chose to ignore them. Their negligent conduct is "punished" through extraction of a monetary award compensating the injured victim for damages.
Contact a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer to Maximize Your Recovery
If you were involved in a car accident caused by negligence, contact Cappetta Law Offices immediately. I will work diligently to protect your rights and ensure you are fully compensated for your injury. I have helped numerous clients obtain favorable verdicts and settlements covering medical expenses, lost income, and more. Additionally, I work on a contingent fee basis, which means the firm charges no attorneys' fees unless we recovers compensation on your behalf. You have nothing to lose because you pay nothing unless you win. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact us online.