Most Car Accidents Are No Accident

When we think of accidents, we probably think of something that is unintended and unexpected. A child swinging their arms around wildly in excitement doesn't intend to strike their sibling in the face. A person carrying a large box sets it down on a table, knocking over a glass they could not see.

But while most accidents involving motor vehicle crashes are unintended, they may not be so unexpected. When an outcome is foreseeable, it is not really an accident. You see, when drivers get in their car while intoxicated or drive around Asheville and Western North Carolina while texting and they are involved in a crash, while not "intended," the outcome is entirely foreseeable, and not unexpected.


In law, an important element of driver negligence law is the foreseeability of the injury. If some type of damage or injury is foreseeable from certain conduct, that conduct is typically negligent. Allowing "bull in a china shop" would be negligent, as bulls are not known for their careful movements. A driver texting on their phone is negligent because it is highly foreseeable that their texting will take their attention off the road long enough for terrible things to happen.

That a crash doesn't happen every time a teen texts or a fatigued truck driver gets on the road creates the impression in many drivers that because it hasn't happened in the past, it won't happen in the future. This is a grave mistake, and hundreds die every year in North and South Carolina because of this mistaken impression.

Negligence Is A Legal Conclusion

You need to prove another driver was negligent to recover compensation for injuries or damage from a crash. Attorney Ruth Smith is ready to help. She is experienced in examining car crashes for driver negligence and holding those drivers responsible for the injuries and damage they leave in their wake.

Find Out How Ruth Can Help Today!

When you have been injured by a driver's negligence, you want help. Dealing with doctors, insurers, lawyers and courts can be overwhelming at a time when you are hurt and simply want to feel better again.

That's where Ruth can help. Having practiced personal injury law since 1999, she fully understands claims procedures, court filing deadlines and what you need to do to begin your recovery and protect your rights. Call for a free initial consultation at 828-782-3832, or use her convenient online form and Ruth will get in touch with you.

Each case is different. Many factors such as the severity of injuries, ability to prove liability, amount of liability insurance coverage, jurisdiction, medical expenses, and many other factors can determine the outcome of a particular case. You should not use these examples as a representation of what recovery you will obtain in your particular case, as every case is unique. Ruth Smith does not guarantee that the outcome of your case will be similar to the results listed above.