Courts in Georgia use the legal construct of the "reasonable person" when determining whether civil liability exists in a negligence lawsuit, such as one arising out of a car accident. The reasonable person is not a real individual, but rather a concept to help the jury decide if the defendant's act was wrongful. The question is whether a reasonable person under the circumstances would have done what the defendant did that caused the plaintiff's injury or property damage.
If you are like most drivers, when you get behind the wheel you try hard to be the reasonable person.Unfortunately, however, you can be the poster example of the reasonable person and still get into an accident with another vehicle. For the truth is that not every other driver may be as concerned as you are with behaving reasonably.
Other people can act unreasonably in many ways: distracted drivers; drunk drivers; uninsured drivers; careless drivers. Drivers without licenses, or drivers with suspended licenses. Angry drivers. Fatigued drivers. They all have one thing in common, they are unconcerned with the notion that they owe you a duty of reasonable care. And no matter how reasonably you behave, no matter how defensively you drive, one day you may have the unenviable experience of having a "close encounter" with a decidedly unreasonable person in another vehicle.
Knowing that you were acting reasonably at the time of the accident can come as cold comfort when the repair bills and the medical bills start showing up in the mail. Reasonableness can then become less of a concern to you than fairness: what can you do to see to it that the unreasonable driver is held accountable for what happened?
At the Dozier law firm, we are advocates for reasonable people just like you who have been injured or had their property damaged in a car accident resulting from the negligence of another. We help you to negotiate with insurers, and to take the legal action needed to help you recover financially. To learn more about how we can help, you can contact us online or call us toll free at 888-239-2129.