All fifty states and the District of Columbia provide “drivers’ licenses” for their residents, permitting them to operate motor vehicles upon public roads. Once individuals have been licensed by a state, they are presumed qualified and competent to operate a motor vehicle for the period of time covered by the license. By far, the vast majority of automobile accidents are caused by persons well qualified to drive under state criteria but who are careless and/or reckless in their operation of motor vehicles at the time of an accident. Moreover, a high number of accidents are the result of intentional misconduct, such as alcohol consumption or excessive speeding.
Accident Liability: Related Pages
- Concept of Fault or Liability
- Automobile Accident Liability Insurance
- When Accidents Occur
- Vicarious Liability and Negligent Entrustment
- Selected State Laws
- Additional Resources