Distracted driving is a term we hear way too much throughout the United States. The smart phone might be a great toy capable of amazing things, it is indisputably a leading cause of accidents in Alaska and much of the rest of the world. If you are the victim of injuries arising out of someone else’s distracted driving or other negligence, Personal Injury Attorneys Accidents are able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
And these “accidents” are not limited to auto accidents but may also include slip-and-falls such as the situation where you, walk down the street near a construction site and slip on debris a distracted worker causes to fall onto the ground. If you suffer injuries, there is a viable negligence claim, too.
“Negligence” claims occur when a person fails to exercise the degree of care a reasonable person in that situation would use. Examples include (i) distracted driving, as a reasonable person knows not to be on their phone while driving, (ii) failing to shovel snow and ice from a walkway, (iii) failing to repair broken sidewalks, (iv) failing to stop at a stop sign or a red light, and many, many more. If any of these acts or omissions cause injury to someone, the victim is entitled to a monetary payout.
There are many rules, time deadlines and strategies involved in prosecuting a lawsuit, which is why it is very important to retain Personal Injury Attorneys Accidents to handle the claim. The employment of such experienced attorneys will increase the likelihood of success in a lawsuit, leading to greater receipt of compensation.
The process followed by Personal Injury Attorneys Accidents is complicated, including at least the following steps: (i) gathering as much evidence as possible, from discussing the facts with you, to performing an investigation, to obtaining police reports and photographs, and so on; (ii) taking these facts and draft a “Complaint,” which contains the allegations of what happened, is filed with the Court and then delivered (or “served”) to the defendants, (iii) making sure the defendants respond to the Complaint by delivering an “Answer;” (iv) conducting “discovery,” where information is exchanged by both parties through written documents and then, after, through depositions, where attorneys ask questions in front of a court reporter about what happened; and (v) conducting the trial, where the cases are presented to a judge or jury and a decision is made about (a) whether anyone was negligent and (b) how much monies the injuries were worth, if any.
An injured party is entitled to “damages,” which include “economic damages,” such as reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and other items easily calculated and “non-economic damages,” such as pain and suffering and loss of services and loss of consortium.
Proving negligence and damages in a personal injury case is complicated, even when the facts seem clear. As such, it is greatly important to retain a quality law firm to properly prosecute your claims.