Portland drivers are likely aware of just how dangerous it can be to drive while distracted or drunk. Local, state and national campaigns have highlighted the threats that these hazardous behaviors pose to individuals as well as others who they may encounter while out on the roads. A distracted or drunk driver is a threat to everyone who crosses their path because they are not fully focused on the important task of maintaining their vehicle.
Distracted and drunk driving are examples of negligent driving behaviors. Negligence generally happens when a person behaves in a way that is below the standard accepted by their community for their particular activity. As it is expected that drivers will use all of their faculties to drive safely, getting behind the wheels of their case when they are impaired or unfocused causes them to fall below the standard of safe driving established by law.
When negligence is the cause of a car accident, a victim may have to build a strong case in order to prevail on their claim. They may have to show that the responsible party owed them a duty of care and they failed in that duty by driving in a negligent manner. Next, the victim may have to show that the responsible party was the cause of their harm, and that the victim suffered injuries or damages as a result of the other party’s actions.
Negligence is a common basis for personal injury claims. To further explore this important legal topic and how it may apply to specific car accident cases, it may be helpful to gain information about legal recourses available. Filing a personal injury action could help a victim recover for losses suffered.