10/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/27/2021 00:38
One term sometimes used during in a personal injury case is "negligence per se." This article will discuss what negligence per se is and how it might affect your personal injury case.
Negligence per se is a legal concept of fault that can be used in certain personal injury cases to prove negligence. Various jurisdictions define negligence per se in different ways, however, the differences are slight and generally, negligence per se applies when a defendant violates a specific law, and that is the underlying cause of the accident. According to the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute [negligence per se | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute (cornell.edu)] negligence per se "means negligence in itself…a defendant who violates a statute or regulation without an excuse is automatically considered to have breached her duty of care and is therefore negligent as a matter of law." By proving a defendant violated the law, you do not need to prove anything further to show negligence. It is the violation of the law that proves the negligence.
The principle of negligence per se speaks of an act as being negligent when the violated law is one that has been designed and created to protect the public. This includes the violation as a few examples, of the following laws:
The concept of negligence per se is a way to prove the negligence elements of duty of care and a breach of duty the of care. As a result, there is no need to establish or demonstrate the manner in which the defendant acted in a careless manner when using the concept of negligence per se, once the violation of law is proven.
So in a car accident, there is no need to argue as to how the defendant driver fell short of their duty of care; rather, the question is was the law violated or not. If it was, the question now focuses on whether this violation was the cause of your injuries or damages. If the driver was, for example, convicted of an infraction for driving through a red light, that will be all that is needed to prove negligence.
In a personal injury case, one may bring the negligence per se allegation as a stand-alone claim, or it may included under a negligence cause of action filed in a personal injury case.
As with the legal concept of negligence, there is a need for the plaintiff to prove specific elements of their case. This requires a qualified and experienced car accident lawyer in Bakersfield. The lawyer must establish that:
While negligence per se may appear to be pretty straightforward, it must be noted that there exist exceptions and these require legal experts to navigate successfully. Contact a personal injury lawyer for legal advice and representation in your case.