Breach of duty refers to a situation in which an individual or entity fails to fulfill a legal or ethical obligation to act in a certain way. In many cases, breach of duty is a key component of a personal injury lawsuit, where the injured party must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care and that the defendant breached that duty, resulting in the plaintiff’s injuries. For example, a driver on the road owes a duty of care to other drivers and pedestrians to operate their vehicle safely and within the rules of the road. If the driver breaches this duty by running a red light, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or engaging in other reckless or negligent behavior, and causes an accident that results in injuries to another person, they may be held liable for breaching their duty of care.
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