People are injured in automobile accidents way too often, whether due to weather-related issues, natural causes such as downed trees, or some other reason.
However, sometimes the crash results from poor road conditions or another driver’s negligence. In such a case, you should retain a car accident attorney to help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
In an automobile accident arising out of poor road conditions, there could be multiple people to sue. First, the municipality responsible for maintaining the road is a possible candidate. Often times, there are strict time limits within which to make your claim. Be sure to (i) retain an attorney immediately after you are injured and (ii) ask your attorney about these requirements.
Also regarding poor road conditions, they may arise out of the negligence of a property owner, where debris was not removed or trees were not properly maintained or the road on their property was not kept to a reasonable standard.
Even with poor road conditions, if another driver was involved in the accident with you, he or she may not have driven with the reasonable care required in such poor conditions.
In other words, there are multiple people to pay for your injuries, and all should be included.
When it comes to another driver’s negligence, there is typically just one person to file claims against.
In order to prevail on a claim against another driver, your auto injury accident attorney will have to demonstrate that (i) the other driver was in fact negligent, (ii) you were actually injured and (iii) said negligence caused your injuries.
Negligence can be demonstrated through police reports, photographs and testimony, so it is important to be detailed when speaking to police, take photographs of the scene and take down any statements the other driver (or anyone else) makes that is against his or her interest, such as “I’m sorry I wasn’t paying attention” or the like.
Injuries are typically proven through medical records and your own testimony. Keep a detailed log of aches, pains and things you can no longer due because of your injuries. The worse you can prove you were hurt, the more valuable your case is.
Causation is also very important. If you had prior back pain before the accident, it will be difficult to prove your current back injuries arose out of this accident.
Clearly, there is a lot to know when it comes to prosecuting your personal injury claims. For this reason, the failure to retain an Auto Injury Accident Attorney is something that could harm your chances at recovery. Be smart and obtain the advice you need to maximize your chances at recovery.