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Who is responsible for a car accident?

The last thing one wants to think about before getting behind the wheel and entering the roads is the possibility of a car accident. Yet every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are millions of accidents on the roads throughout the United States, including the Charleston, West Virginia. While an accident could be unavoidable, it is not uncommon that an accident occurs due to the fault or negligence of another driver. So how does one determine whether a driver is negligent?

From a legal perspective, operators of motor vehicles must exercise a reasonable care under the circumstances. If a driver if found to be negligent, the driver may be responsible for damages; this may include both damage to property, as well as medical expenses and rehabilitation costs in the event of an injury to a victim.

Causes of accidents that could lead to negligence vary, but a few common reasons including failing to signal, failing to obey traffic signals or signs, not taking hazardous weather conditions into consideration and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Accidents may also be caused from factors outside of another driver's negligence. These may include hazardous construction zones, unsafe road conditions and even poorly designed roads or highway defects.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. It is not always easy to determine whether another driver was negligent in the courts, so it may be in your best interests to speak with a law firm familiar with motor vehicle accidents to determine whether you have a case.

Source: "Car Accident Basics," Accessed June 23, 2017

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