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8 LEGAL TIPS YOU CAN USE IF INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT
Statement made at the scenes and be use as an evidence. State law requires you exchange insurance information and cooperate with police investigation .Take picture or video to document.
State Law requires a Report file if an injury occurs or damage to a vehicle increases $500.
Your insurance company can refuse to protect you if the accident isn't report promptly.
Ask your insurance agent about benefits available to you under your insurance policy.
You may have coverage of car repair, rental cars, Wage loss and medical bills under your policy.
Lawyers uniformly against letting someone record your voice. NO State law requires you to do so.Even if you have nothing to hide these statements can be used out of context and used against you later.
If you are injured a failure .to seek medical care and follow your doctor advice can hurt your claim.
If you have decided to make a claim against other driver, you will need documentation to support your losses.
Most lawyer who help injury victims and their family offers a free initial consultation or no cost telephone advice. Early advice can prevent costly complications later. My bff solution can connect you with the right attorney. Acident victims with lawyer generally recover two to three times as much as people who try to deal with an insurance company on their own.
Do not settle with the insurance companies without speaking with a licensed personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies are trained to pay out as little as possible, and it’s always in your best interest to know your options. Every lawyer in our network offers a free initial consultation so it costs you nothing to discuss your options and know where you stand, and whether or not filing a lawsuit for your injuries is worthwhile.
HOW A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU MAXIMIZE YOUR CAR ACCIDENT LAWSUITS & SETTLEMENTS:
Working with experienced a car accident lawyer for car accident, can help ensure that insurance companies, who are trained and compensated to pay you as little as possible, don’t rush or bully you into taking a low car accident settlement offer. A good personal injury attorney can help get you more money in your car accident lawsuits by maximizing your claim in regards to loss of income, medical bills & ongoing treatment, and pain & suffering.
Most car accident lawsuits are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay any money up front, and nothing for any case fees or experts associated with your settlement. A car accident attorney will ask you for fee only when your case is won, and that fee is generally a percentage of your settlement, so they are incentivized to get you the biggest payout possible. Most states have a statute of limitations in which you can file a car accident claim after it happens, meaning time is limited to pursue damages. While this varies state to state, usually the statute of limitations is 1-3 years for personal injury claims.
In general, to win any possible cases of injury, you should be able to prove mainly; about the damages caused and any possible loss of income or emotional damages. Since a personal injury lawyer will offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, it’s usually a good idea to speak to one and see if they can offer you any car accident settlement help.
COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS:
Rear Ended/Hit From Behind
One of the most common types of car accident is when one car hits another from behind, usually known as getting rear ended or rear ending someone. Often caused by distracted driving on the part of the rear driver when the front car stops, unfortunately these are increasing in frequency as more people text and drive. According to the NHTSA, roughly 87% of rear end crashes are the result of distracted driving.
Head On Collision
Less common but highly deadly, head on car accidents account for just over 10% of all car crash fatalities despite being only 2% of total car accidents in the US, according to the NHTSA. When the force of one car going full speed hits another, going in the opposite direction full speed, serious injury and death are often the unfortunate result.
Occurring as a result of one car running a red light or stop sign and hitting the other vehicle from the side, or from lane changes where the driver isn’t looking or is in a blind spot, these can be damaging to car doors and cause serious injuries to arms, legs and ribs, especially in a more serious impact.
Multi-Car/Chain Reaction Car Accident
In a large number of car accidents, the force of one car hitting another can cause the car being hit to run into other cars, potentially causing damage to multiple vehicles and more people.
Pedestrian Hit By Car
With no protection against the sheer size and speed of an oncoming vehicle, pedestrians are often sitting ducks when hit by cars. Despite the multitude of traffic laws put in place to protect pedestrians and bicyclists from getting hit by cars, the number of injuries in this type of car accident rose nearly 15%, from 61,000 in 2006 to 70,000 in 2015, while the number of pedestrian fatalities rose roughly 12%, from 4795 to 5376 during the same time period, according to the NHTSA.
Parking Lot Accident
While the majority of parking lot accidents are minor, result in nothing more than a dent and an inconvenience, sometimes parking lot accidents can be devastating. This is especially true when a car strikes a pedestrian or is driving at excessively high speeds for a parking lot.
Drunk Driving Accident
Drunk driving is against the law in every state, but it remains a problem on our roads. When people drive under the influence of alcohol, the result is often a car accident that leaves people injured. But recovering financial compensation can be more difficult than you think. A claim against a drunk driver might seem simple, especially if the driver was arrested. Don’t be so sure. These drivers often deny responsibility and fight the charges. And insurance companies look for any reason to pay you as little as possible. They also have high-priced lawyers looking out for their best interests.
TYPES OF INJURIES
- Head Trauma
- Organ damage
- Neck Injuries
- Knee and Hip Injuries
- Chest & Rib Injuries
- Back and Spine Injuries
- Soft tissue
- Brain trauma
- Broken bones
- Serious cuts and bruises
HOW COMPENSATION IS DETERMINED FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT
Like other personal injury lawsuits, the types of compensation available to those affected as the result of an accident involving a car falls into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. A personal injury lawyer will be able to break down each for you.
Compensation involving damages serve to cover the specific monetary costs, including the following:
- Current Medical Expenses: This may include fees for emergency room visits, hospital care, surgery, assistive devices and appointments with approved medical professionals.
- Future Medical Expenses: Compensation for extended medical attention and care.
- Lost Wages: Compensation for the wages lost between the time of injury and the conclusion of the lawsuit.
- Loss of Earning Capacity: If the victim can demonstrate that their ability to earn a living has been negatively impacted, compensation may be available. The awarding party will look to establish the amount victim could have earned had the car accident not occurred.
- Non-economic Damages: compensate the victim and/or family for non-financial, intangible losses, including:
- Pain and Suffering: This includes compensation for the physical pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The nature of the injury, the extent of the pain, and the length of time the victim is expected to suffer are all included in the calculation of the award.
- Mental Anguish: Compensation for emotional pain stemming from a car accident, including fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief and other forms of emotional distress caused by the accident.
- Loss of Consortium: Compensation awarded to a spouse, parents, and minor children loss of services, assistance, aid, society, and companionship/care of a loved one, a child, or parents.
- In addition to economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages may be applicable if the defendant’s actions causing the injury were willful, malicious, fraudulent or reckless. Punitive damages serve to punish the offender and dissuade similar behavior in the future.
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