Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to oneself or others. A person is negligent if they do something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation, or fails to do something that a reasonable person would do in the same situation.
In our everyday lives, people usually do their best to avoid injuring others. We are actually required by the law to exercise reasonable care in many areas of our lives. For instance, drivers must comply with traffic laws and behave reasonably at all times while on the road. While many people are careful and act reasonably, accidents can and do still occur. Some of these accidents can leave victims suffering from serious injuries or death. Injuries that can take a significant physical, financial, and emotional toll on not only victims but also their family.
Fortunately, accident victims who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or reckless conduct can recover damages from the party responsible by filing a personal injury lawsuit.