All automobile collisions have one thing in common – they are completely unexpected. Car crashes can happen to anyone and cause costly damages and impact your future and quality of life. Within the past year, automobile collisions have increased over 16 percent [1] in the state of Maryland. Potter Burnett Law has proudly represented countless victims that have suffered from crashes.

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How is Negligence Defined in an Automobile Collision Lawsuit?

Negligence is defined in the Maryland Pattern Jury Instructions as “doing something that a person using ordinary care would not do or doing something that a person using ordinary care would do. Ordinary care means that caution, attention or skill a reasonable person would use under similar circumstances.”

A few examples of negligence in a crash may include:

  • Texting/using a cell phone while driving
  • Disobeying traffic laws
  • Failure to control vehicle
  • Failure to stay alert
  • Failure to use a vehicle’s equipment accurately
  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding

How to Proceed If You Are a Victim of Negligent Driving?

If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile collision due to a negligent driver, contact us today to see how we can help. Deborah Potter, one of the Top 50 Women Maryland Super Lawyers, is committed to fighting for your rights while you focus on recovering.

[1] Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration