What Does The Term “Negligence” Mean in a New Jersey Personal Injury Case?

Negligence is extremely important in personal injury cases in New Jersey. It is common for an injured victim to have to prove that the other party’s negligence contributed to the injuries suffered in the accident. Determining liability and proving negligence is not always easy, however. This is why it is often in the best interest of the injured victim to seek legal guidance from an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.

There are four criterions that typically need to be met in order to prove negligence. Did the at-fault person have a duty to the injured victim? Did the person breach that duty by failing to act reasonably? Did that failure of acting reasonably lead to an injury? Did the victim suffer a measurable injury because of the actions of the at-fault party? For example, driving drunk is an act of negligence because a reasonably prudent driver would not drive while intoxicated. A reasonably prudent person would also not text while driving, excessively speed, or run through a stop sign.

At-fault parties who may be held liable for negligence include drivers, the manufacturers of defective parts and products, and the governing body in charge of a roadway that is found to be hazardous. A skilled lawyer will work with investigators to help prove liability and to make sure the at-fault party is held accountable for the injuries and damages caused to victims.

The knowledgeable attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to prove negligence and how to pursue fair compensation for their clients. We offer free case evaluations at 609-240-0040 to anyone who has been hurt due to another’s negligence in New Jersey.