When it comes to a motor vehicle accident and personal injury law, cases often boil down to negligence. If the injured victim of the car accident wants to pursue a claim for damages, generally he or she must prove that the negligence of an at-fault driver — or some other at-fault party like a car manufacturer — was the reason why the injuries of the plaintiff occurred.

It is not always clear who was at fault for a given motor vehicle accident; however, plaintiffs usually have an instinctual idea of what happened. For example, did a car suddenly run into the back of another car? It may be that the rearward vehicle driver was not watching the road ahead, was speeding, was texting while driving, following too closely or did something else that was completely negligent, leading to the crash. If this happened, then the at-fault driver will likely be financially liable for all damages, injuries and/or deaths associated with the crash.

Here are some other common forms of negligence that lead to crashes:

— Neglecting to use a turn signal

— Not following traffic signals and road signs

— Failing to drive the speed limit

— Neglecting to drive in a way that is safe given the current roadway conditions

— Driving while intoxicated

Pomona, California, residents may want to discuss their potential car accident claims with a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney will be able to review the evidence and facts surrounding a car accident to determine if negligence occurred and whether the at-fault driver could be liable for financial damages relating to the incident.

Source: FindLaw, “Car Accident Basics,” accessed Sep. 07, 2016