If you have sustained injury in an automobile accident, it is natural to want compensation. Particularly if the accident was very severe, you may be looking at thousands of dollars in damages both medical and auto-related. 
 
However, it is important to understand how a personal injury case involving an automobile accident will work. One of the most important elements in a personal injury case is establishing negligence. According to Findlaw, proving negligence is vital in any accident that involves personal injury, including auto accidents. 
 
What is a negligent driver? 
 
A negligent driver is an individual operating a motor vehicle that acts in a way which causes injuries. The classic example of a negligent driver is a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver chose to consume intoxicating substances and then willfully got behind the wheel of an automobile. This act of negligence injuries and kills thousands of Americans every year. 
 
However, there are other forms of negligence. Drivers who are disobeying traffic laws, for example, are acting negligently. Additionally, driving recklessly or driving while distracted may also be examples of driver negligence. There are many things that can distract a driver, including children in the backseat, cell phone use, eating, or applying makeup while driving. 
 
How can I prove negligence? 
 

Proving negligence depends upon the specifics of the case. If the police arrest the other driver arrest for DUI as a matter of course, then proving negligence is considerably easier than proving negligence in a distracted driving case. 
 
Often, proving negligence is the most difficult aspect of any personal injury case.