Auto negligence, or vehicular negligence, is a term often used when there has been a car accident. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an auto accident caused by another person, you may wonder whether you have a case. By working with a South Carolina injury attorney, you can discover whether you have a case, and discuss what level of compensation may be fair in your particular circumstances. You don’t have to suffer without help when you have a negligence case against another driver.
What is Auto Negligence, Exactly?
Auto negligence is exactly what the name implies. It occurs when a person is negligent while operating an automobile. That could be from speeding, distracted driving, or any number of other behaviors that are dangerous behind the wheel. People who are texting while driving may cause an accident, but the same could be said for those who are eating, looking at the scenery, or reaching back to quiet a toddler or retrieve something from the back seat. If an accident occurs, these people could be guilty of negligence.
What Does South Carolina Law Say About Vehicular Negligence?
In South Carolina, drivers have a duty of care. The court will consider what a reasonable person would be expected to do (or not do) in the same situation. If the person accused of negligence failed to meet that standard, they could potentially be at fault in a vehicular negligence case.
In order to receive compensation for an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, there are three things you must prove. These are:
- That there was a duty of care owed by the defendant,
- That there was a breach of that duty due to omission or negligent act, and
- That damage or harm resulted from the breach of that duty.
Without all three of those elements, proving an auto negligence case may be very difficult. That’s one of the main reasons why you want to work with a car accident attorney who has experience in these kinds of cases. When you have a legal advocate on your side, and when they have handled cases just like yours in the past, you can have more peace of mind in working through the process of making your auto negligence claim. You may also have a better chance of seeing compensation you feel is fair and just in your case.
Why Does Your Choice of Attorney Matter?
Choosing an attorney matters, for a couple of reasons. First, you want an attorney with experience in your kind of case. Second, you want to find a lawyer who has the education to really help you at the highest possible level.
In addition to both of those areas, you should also look for a legal professional you mesh with so you can feel comfortable. Depending on the severity of your case, you may be working with your attorney for a long period of time. Working well together is important for your comfort.
At Cummings & Lewis, our attorneys pride themselves on being aggressive in order to get our clients their rightful compensation for auto accidents caused by negligence. To learn more about our firm and how we can help you win your case, call for a consultation now or use the form below.