Negligence occurs when a person acts in an irresponsible manner or fails to take the proper care that circumstances demand. Negligent actions that result in harm to another individual may result in severe criminal and civil penalties, as is the case with Teagan Ross Martin, a 21-year-old man who struck several cyclists with his vehicle while traveling through Arkansas — killing one person and injuring several others.
Martin faces charges of negligent homicide in the death of Merritt Levitan, an 18-year-old cyclist killed in the collision. In addition to the homicide charge, Martin also faces 13 charges of negligence related to his conduct when passing cyclists, as well as one charge of careless and prohibited driving. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Not all cases of negligence are created equal. While some may involve physical injury to another, others may be less serious in nature and only involve property damage. However, negligence is one of the primary means by which the court can establish liability.
If you are found to have committed an offense as the result of negligence, you may face both criminal and civil penalties and have the possibility of serving jail time, paying large fines and providing compensation to victims and their families. If you believe you've been injured or have suffered undue consequences because of someone else's negligence, it's important to seek professional legal representation to establish a course of action. If you have been accused of negligence, you need to immediately contact a lawyer to establish your case and protect your rights.