Car Accident Lawyer
Every year, about 6 million auto accidents take place in the United States, resulting in 3 million injuries, many of them permanent injuries. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may already know that accident victims sustaining serious injuries can miss several days, if not weeks or months, of work. Meanwhile, medical and hospital bills are mounting, and there’s little money to repair the car.
So, what happens if you sustain serious injuries in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault? Proving which driver caused the accident is often the key to determining who will pay. Common causes for accidents include:
- Distracted Driving. Texting, talking on the phone or with auto passengers, eating, or adjusting the radio can cause a driver to momentarily take their eyes away from the road.
- Reckless/Aggressive Driving. This includes weaving in and out of traffic, driving at excessive speeds, failing to keep a safe distance from the car ahead of them, etc.
- Driving Under the Influence. When alcohol or drugs impair the driver’s ability to drive safely.
- Fatigue. Whether triggered by medication, insomnia or sheer exhaustion, fatigue can slow one’s reactions.
- Running Red Lights and Stop Signs. About 40 percent of car accidents occur at intersections, where one driver fails to observe the traffic laws.
Innocent accident victims wanting to be compensated for their expenses must prove the other party’s negligence. That’s never easy. It makes sense to contact an experienced car accident/personal injury attorney.
Why hire a personal injury attorney?
- An experienced attorney, often during a free consultation meeting, can review your case and tell you whether it makes sense to hire them. Since most accident attorneys operate on a contingency basis – where they only get paid if you win your case – they are likely to give you an honest, objective opinion.
- They can communicate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Data shows that insurers make larger settlement offers to victims who have hired an attorney than to those who don’t.
- They can conduct an investigation and compile the evidence needed to prove the other driver’s negligence as well as your innocence.
- They can work with your medical providers to ensure all your accident expenses have been recorded and included in your list of expenses.
- They can use their knowledge of the legal process to your advantage. Their negotiating skills and familiarity with lawyers and local judges can often bring about a successful resolution to your case.