What is negligence?

Someone is negligent when they fail to exercise the same amount of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in similar circumstances. In the legal world, negligence represents a harm that was caused by carelessness. In Maryland, in order to prove to a court that the at-fault party was negligent in your personal injury you have to prove: (1) the at-fault party owed you a duty (such as obeying the traffic laws, not drinking and driving, etc…), (2) the at-fault party breached that duty (by acting in a careless manner), (3) the at-fault party’s actions caused your injuries, and (4) you suffered damages.