Vehicle crashes are generally referred to as car accidents. But in many cases, accident is not an appropriate term to describe what happened. Drivers who knowingly engage in risky behaviors are acting with negligence, and when a crash inevitably occurs, it can hardly be called accidental.
While behind the wheel, each of us owes a duty of care to other drivers and passengers we encounter on the road. When one driver causes a crash through actions which are dangerous or reckless, they have breached that duty of care and can be sued for negligence.
Even if you didn’t know the legal definition of negligence, you can probably think of many examples of negligent driving. They include:
Nevada law uses a legal doctrine known as modified comparative fault. Under this doctrine, percentage of blame for the accident can be attributed to any parties involved (including you as the injured victim). If you are deemed less than 50 percent at fault for the crash, you can recover compensation. Your compensation award will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you are determined to be 20 percent at fault for the crash, for instance, the total monetary award would be reduced by 20 percent.
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