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Driver negligence can lead to a motor vehicle accident

As the driver of a motor vehicle, you know how important it is to pay attention to the road and make all the right decisions.

Unfortunately, you also know that some drivers don't take the same approach. Instead, they continually make mistakes that put others in harm's way.

Driver negligence can lead to a motor vehicle accident. For this reason, you must always pay attention to what others are doing on the road around you. Some of the many types of negligence include:

-- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs, such as running a red light.

-- Reckless driving, such as changing lanes without signaling or speeding.

-- Disregarding traffic or weather conditions.

-- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

It only takes one mistake by a driver to cause a serious accident. For example, if a person speeds through a traffic signal, he or she could crash into another vehicle. Furthermore, this has the potential to turn into a multi-vehicle accident, depending on the circumstances.

As a driver, you can take all the right steps to ensure that you don't act in a negligent manner. However, what you can't do is control what other drivers are doing.

If you're involved in a motor vehicle accident, don't wait to contact the police and an ambulance. You want to receive immediate medical treatment, as this will help you pinpoint your injuries.

From there, you have the right to learn more about the accident, including the cause. You may soon find that the other driver acted in a negligent manner.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Basics," accessed March 07, 2017

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