Personal Injury

Negligence

Who decides whether someone is liable because of negligence?

After being presented evidence by the lawyers, a judge or jury will decide what an "ordinary" or "reasonable person" would have done in similar circumstances. In the example of an automobile accident, a judge or jury is likely to find a driver negligent if his or her conduct departed from what an ordinary reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances. An example would be failing to stop at a stoplight or stop sign.

>>If someone causes an accident and I am hurt, on what basis will that person be responsible (liable)?
>>What’s an example of negligence in a car accident?
>>Who decides whether someone is liable because of negligence?
>>I was in a car accident, but I think I can prove it was not completely my fault. Will this make a difference with regard to what damages ultimately are awarded?
>>I was injured when my automobile collided with a truck driven by a delivery person. Can I recover damages from the driver or the employer?


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