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Most of us hit the roads every single day, going to work, school, the store, or wherever our hearts desire. Getting behind the wheel can be liberating and even fun — after all, it empowers us to get to where we want to be. But it can also be dangerous.
Fortunately, we usually return home safe and sound. But auto accidents are a tragic fact of modern life, and the damages can be severe — even deadly. In most cases, car crashes are the result of negligence, which means that one of the parties involved failed to act responsibly or follow the traffic rules. When that happens, you are entitled to compensation for your losses.
At The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao, P.A., we take auto accidents seriously. If you’ve suffered damage because of someone else’s negligence on the roads, you shouldn’t shoulder that cost by yourself.
These cases aren’t always easy, but an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the process with compassion and care. We’re here to fight for what you deserve.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common reasons that people file personal injury claims. Although car accident cases are common, they are often far from simple. There are a wide range of situations that can warrant a car accident claim, and our legal team has experience with them all.
Contact us for assistance following:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Speeding accidents
Possible Liable Parties in Your Car Accident Case
Determining liability is an essential step in recovering compensation after a car accident. It is crucial to identify the negligent party and find the people who will be responsible for paying for your medical expenses and other damages.
Often, other drivers are responsible for car accidents. By driving recklessly and ignoring traffic laws, negligent drivers put others at risk.
Third parties who were not directly involved in a car accident could be held liable for damages if their negligence contributed to the collision in some way. For example:
- A vehicle manufacturer who produced a defective car
- A government entity, municipality, or construction company that built a dangerous road
- An employer who didn’t properly train their workers who drive as part of their job
- A bar, restaurant, liquor store, or party host who served alcohol to someone who eventually drove drunk
These are only a few examples of parties who could be liable for a car accident. It is important to discuss the details of your case with an attorney to find the people responsible in your unique situation.
How to Handle an Auto Accident
Few experiences are as rattling as the moments immediately following an auto accident. You may feel stunned, confused, frightened, or unsure about what exactly happened. Often, people do not realize right away that they are injured.
Because auto accidents can happen unexpectedly, it’s best to be prepared for one. Review the following steps now so you’ll know what to do after an auto accident.
If you’ve recently been in a crash, make sure to take each of these steps as soon as possible:
- Call the police to report the accident. This is necessary for every auto accident, even so-called “fender benders.”
- Get immediate medical attention, even if you don’t think you’re hurt. Some serious injuries don’t become apparent for weeks or months, but a documented doctor’s visit in the immediate aftermath of the accident could help your case later.
- Document everything. This includes a list of drivers, passengers, vehicle license plates, and eyewitnesses. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget information after such a stressful ordeal. The more you write down right away, the more you’ll have to go on later.
- Do not talk to insurance agents. It’s okay to briefly report the accident to your own insurance provider, but don’t discuss settlement options without talking to an attorney first.
- Be careful about what you say. Sometimes, we feel it’s polite to apologize after an accident — even if it wasn’t really our fault. But in a legal case, those seemingly innocent statements could be used against you. Let your lawyer handle the opposing parties.
- Get an estimate on vehicle damage or other property losses from a reputable repair shop.
- Contact an attorney right away. The earlier you get legal representation on your side, the better.
How Much Can a Lawyer Help You Recover?
Wondering what you could recover in an auto accident case? The law is designed to put you in the same financial position you would have been in had the other party not acted negligently. That means you may be entitled to more than just the damage to your car.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, an experienced attorney can help you recover for the following losses:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Property damage (including the cost to repair/replace your car)
- Wrongful death following the loss of a loved one
- Emotional distress
These are a few examples of compensable damages, but every case is different.
Depending on the vehicle, speed, angle of the collision, and whether restraints were used and air bags deployed, there could be any number of injuries of varying severity that result from a car accident.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur due to a blow to the head or because the head forcefully shakes back and forth, and the brain strikes the inside of the skull. These injuries could be mild, and symptoms could resolve within days, or the injury could be severe and life changing. A TBI could cause loss of physical control and emotional, intellectual, or personality changes. The ability to speak, see, concentrate, and remember could also be impaired.
Other head injuries can happen, including eye injuries that reduce or eliminate vision; injuries to the ear that result in partial or complete deafness; and facial or jaw fractures and dental injuries that result in loss of teeth.
Of possible neck and back injuries, whiplash is the most common. Whiplash can injure the vertebrae, ligaments, or spinal cord. This can result in paralysis or loss of function in the limbs or portions of the body. Severe chronic pain in the neck and back could also result.
The impact of the crash could fracture ribs and/or the sternum (breastbone), especially if a driver or passenger was not using seat belts and hit the dashboard or steering wheel. Airbags should cushion the blow, but injuries can still happen.
Hip fractures and injuries to abdominal organs are common in motor vehicle accidents. The liver, spleen, and kidneys can be injured in accidents where the vehicle is struck from the front or the side.
Leg and knee injuries can be caused by an object like a telephone pole or tree smashing into the vehicle. This can cause injuries ranging from bruises to fractured bones and meniscus tears.
Ankles, feet, and toes can be strained, sprained, broken, or even amputated, depending on the type of accident and vehicle.
No matter what vehicle was involved, what caused the accident, or what the resulting injuries were, you should protect your rights to possible compensation by not trying to resolve your legal claims with insurance companies on your own. You could do serious harm to your claim without even knowing it. Without knowledge of negligence and insurance law, as well as the most recent legal developments and jury verdicts, you’re not likely to understand the value of your case or whether a proposed settlement is fair. If you have been injured or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident, we can’t go back in time and prevent the accident. But through a successful personal injury lawsuit, we may be able to recover the cost of treatment for injuries, property damage, and economic losses from the responsible parties.
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