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What does duty of driver mean and why is it important for personal injury cases?

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The legal theory of negligence plays a vital role when dealing with matters of car accidents to hold the driver at fault responsible for the accident that caused injuries and damages. Thus it becomes imperative to know what constitutes negligence in the eyes of laws as this should help to lodge the compensation claim for injury with confidence. Filing the claim for personal injury under the guidance of car accident lawyers is just the beginning but to ensure that the plaintiff receives the compensation, it is necessary to prove the fault of the other driver convincingly. And the responsibility of proving that the defendant was at fault that caused the accident rests on the plaintiff. Only when the plaintiff is aware of what constitutes the duties of a driver that it becomes easy to identify the deviations done by the driver that resulted in dereliction of duty.  

The primary duty of drivers

Protecting other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians is the primary duty of drivers when they are driving on the road.  In addition to their general duty, drivers must adhere to several other duties that are part of it to ensure the safety of others when driving. Drivers must drive at a reasonable speed, be in control of the vehicle and maintain it well and be responsible for many other things about safety for self and others. 

Keep reading to understand what constitutes the general duties of drivers.

Drive at a reasonable speed

The law is very clear that drivers must ensure safe driving and makes it is their legal duty to drive at a reasonable speed.  Reasonable speed does not mean the speed limits set at various points on the road because it all depends on the situation and circumstances. What seems reasonable under certain circumstances may turn out unreasonable in a different situation.  Despite the set speed limit, if the road is crowded, drivers must lower their speed below the limit to ensure safe driving. Reasonable speed is the speed that ensures safe driving no matter what might be the set speed limit.

Equipment maintenance

To ensure safe driving at a reasonable speed, the driver must be in full control of the vehicle that operates at optimal efficiency without any malfunction. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that the condition of the vehicle is satisfactory for safe driving for which they must maintain it well and undertake a periodic inspection. Having a plan for preventive maintenance and complying with the statutory requirements of vehicle safety should help to drive the vehicle safely.

Awareness about what is going around

Drivers must be alert always by constantly monitoring the environment through which they drive. They must be ready to face any hazards from other motorists and pedestrians. If any driver lacks in alertness, lawyers can easily use the point to prove that the driver was negligent that resulted in the accident.

More alertness means that drivers are in better control of vehicles, and they can handle adverse situations effectively by responding to emergencies that help to avoid accidents.

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