The law imposes a standard of care on all of us, to act in a way that doesn’t cause harm to others. For example, when you are driving a car you owe a level of care that includes devoting your full time and attention to your driving. Manufacturers of products and others along the chain of production owe a duty to consumers to produce products that perform safely. When the standard of care is not met, the person or company breaching that duty is negligent. Injuries caused by negligent acts deserve compensation. The yardstick against which actions are measured when determining negligence is that of how a reasonable person would behave in a like or similar circumstance.
Negligence is defined as lack of care given to an activity as is required by the circumstances and would be given by a reasonable person in the same situation. Additionally, there are types of negligence the law recognizes:
This distinction becomes important depending upon the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred. In Virginia, contributory negligence is the recognized form of negligence when issues of personal injury arise. This means to make a claim for injuries, a showing of negligent behavior by the person causing the injury, and no negligent behavior by the injured person, must both be demonstrated in order to recover for damages caused by an accident.
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