Alaska is beautiful, with its oceanfront drives, snow-covered scenery and beautiful flora and fauna. With this beauty comes distracted driving, especially with modern technology. You may be a safe driver, watching the road and keeping an eye out for other cars. Other drivers may not be, whether they are out-of-towners taking photos or videos of this beautiful State. If you are the victim of injuries arising out of such a careless driver, it is important to consult Top Vehicle Injury Lawyers to determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
In order to be able to recover for your injuries, you will have to show that the other driver was negligent which, essentially, means that they were not exercising the level of care a reasonable person would have used in that situation. Clearly, if the other driver was taking photos or videos instead of watching the road, this would likely constitute negligence.
But how do you prove the negligence? This is why it is important to retain Top Vehicle Injury Lawyers. They will help you perform several steps that will gather the evidence needed to prove the other driver’s fault. First, they will obtain all information from you, including your version of the story as to how the accident happened and any documentation, photos or other materials you may have. Next, a competent attorney will seek to obtain all accident/incident/police reports, as well as your medical records. Third, if necessary, a private investigator may be tapped to uncover additional information. Following that, evidence will be obtained through the “discovery” process of the lawsuit, where written demands for information and documentation are sent, followed by depositions, where each attorney will ask oral questions of the opposing party. Finally, this information is put together in order to tell the story to the judge or jury. The best story that proves the most elements of negligence wins.
But there is further evidence required, because another essential element in order to prevail on a personal injury claim is “damages,” or proof that you were hurt, and how severely. Top Vehicle Injury Lawyers will work to help you recover monies not only for your economic damages (such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage), but also for your non-economic damages (including pain and suffering, loss of services, etc.). The first category is more easily provable because they are itemized and usually documented. Non-economic damages, which are far more subjective, require using the evidence you obtained to demonstrate that you were severely hurt and suffered greatly as a result.
As you can see, gathering substantial evidence is of great importance when pursuing a claim for personal injuries. For this reason, it is important to consult high-level attorneys to help you through the process and make sure that, when you are at trial, you have the arsenal of evidence you need to prevail on your claims.