“Reasonable Care” in Accidents
What is reasonable care in accidents? Reasonable care is what everyone must exercise in a basic negligent case. This care is what is used to avoid from causing others injuries, and it varies in relation to the relationship that the individuals share, the place in which the accident took place, and the time, so that the same actions that were taken by the individual would be considered negligent in one moment but not in another time. Understanding what is reasonable and what is not is extremely important, especially for the plaintiff of the case. Knowing whether someone executed reasonable care or not will help the victim and their personal injury attorneys determine whether there is enough to file a claim against them.
There are various situations that reasonable care can be exercised and is not exercised. Victims of an accident should establish whether reasonable care was applied or not in their case. A lawyer that practices personal injury accidents from Percy Martinez Law Firm can help their clients learn whether reasonable care was practiced or not in their case. The firm will hold those who did not use reasonable care liable for the damages committed to their clients.
Examples of Reasonable Care
Here are some examples of reasonable care:
Example 1: In a basketball game, the players are playing on the court, but the ball accident deflects off the rim and hits a person who was sitting too close to the court. In this case, the players were acting reasonably because they were playing as they should be on the court and balls deflecting are a normal part of any sport. If anything, negligence would have fallen on the person who was too close to the field because they should have suspected that such a thing could have happened.
Example 2: A player from the basketball team gets upset and in their anger, they throw the basket in the crowd of people, striking one of them in the face. In this case, the actions of the basketball player were not ‘reasonable’ because that is not a normal part of the game. Yes, players get upset, but they cannot go throwing stuff around. Liability would fall on the player who is considered to be negligent if the person suffered damages.
Example 3: A pedestrian that is walking by gets truck by the basketball of a group of people are playing basketball in the middle of the street. Negligence in this case would fall on the player who struck the pedestrian. The jury would find the player liable because the pedestrian was walking where they were supposed to be while the group of players were playing were they should not have been.
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