Proving Fault in a Tampa Car Accident Case: What is Negligence?

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Legally reviewed by:

Erik Abrahamson, J.D. August 22, 2014
Tampa car accident negligence

In order to prove fault in a personal injury case, it is often necessary to demonstrate how someone’s negligence contributed to an accident taking place.

Understanding what negligence is and what goes into proving fault in a case involving negligence is an important part of understanding your legal options following a serious Tampa car accident.

What is Negligence?

In a nutshell, the legal principle of negligence holds a person responsible for harm that has been caused by someone else’s irresponsible behavior.

In order for injured victims to seek damages that were caused by negligence, they need to prove that the individuals who were allegedly at fault acted negligently.

Proving Fault

In a personal injury case involving negligence, it is typically necessary to prove fault in the following four areas in order to establish that a defendant acted negligently:

  • Duty – The defendant had a legal duty to the plaintiff in the given circumstances.
  • Breach – This duty was breached by acting or not acting in a given way.
  • Causation – It was this particular breach that caused the plaintiff to be injured.
  • Damages – The plaintiff suffered damages due the defendant’s actions.

Have you or a loved one been hurt in a Tampa car accident that was caused by a negligent driver? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-538-4878.

At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Tampa car accident lawyers have been fighting for the rights of victims who have been seriously injured in our area for over 30 years.

Call our injury law team today at 1-800-538-4878 to learn how our experienced accident attorneys may be able to help you.