Persons that are injured in automobile accidents, something that happens way too commonly, whether due to weather-related issues, natural causes such as downed trees, or other issues not caused by another driver’s negligence, are likely not entitled to compensation.
On the other hand, when a collision arises out of poor road conditions or another driver’s negligence, the Best Personal Injury Law Firms are available to help you obtain the greatest award for your injuries.
For example, even in an automobile accident arising out of poor road conditions, there still could be multiple people to claim negligence against. Indeed, the municipality responsible for maintaining the road is a viable defendant. In such a case, it is important to understand that there may be strict time limits within which to make a claim against the government. In such a case, it is important to (1) retain an attorney immediately after you are injured and (2) ask your attorney about these requirements.
In addition, when it comes to poor road conditions, a property owner may be found negligent when (1) debris was not removed, (2) trees were not properly maintained or (3) the road on the property was not kept in a reasonably safe standard.
Even with poor weather or substandard road conditions, another driver may be deemed negligent if he or she did not drive with the reasonable care necessary for safety in such poor conditions.
As you can see, the best personal injury law firms will seek out multiple people that may be liable to pay for your injuries and include them all in the lawsuit.
What these attorneys will do is strategize your case so that it is clearly demonstrated that (1) the other driver was indeed negligent, (ii) you actually sustained injuries and (iii) the other person’s negligence is what caused your injuries.
Negligence is most commonly proven through police reports, photographs and testimony. For this reason, it is incredibly important to provide as much detail as possible when speaking to police, take photographs of the scene and your injuries and take down any statements the other driver (or any other witness) makes that shows it is the other driver’s fault. Statements such as “I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention” or “I didn’t see you” can be very helpful at trial.
Damages, or the monetary value of your injuries and resulting problems are most often proven through medical records and your own words. Keeping a detailed log of aches, pains and activities you cannot perform any longer because of your injuries is a smart idea. The more severe you can prove your injuries are, the more valuable your verdict or settlement should be.
The third prong, causation, is also essential. If the defense shows you had previous back pain before the incident, it will be more challenging to prove that your current back injuries arose out of this incident.
As anyone can see, there is too much to know to prosecute a personal injury claim without an attorney. Indeed, the failure to retain a qualified attorney is something that could eventually harm your chances at recovery, or at least significantly reduce your award.