There are many types of car accidents. Rear-end collisions, T-bone wrecks, vehicle rollovers, pedestrian accidents, and single-vehicle crashes occur regularly. Numerous factors can be responsible for each crash. The following are a few of the most common causes of car accidents.
Driver Negligence: In the majority of accidents, one driver is at fault. Usually fault takes the form of one driver making a decision that is considered unreasonable or careless given the circumstances. Our legal system requires people to act reasonably in protecting others from harm. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, running red lights, and taking unnecessary risks are examples of how drivers’ actions would be considered careless.
Defective Parts: Sometimes, the parties who designed, built, or sold a car or truck are liable for an accident. Under product liabilities law, companies can be held responsible for putting a product into the market that doesn’t work the way that it should. Faulty brakes, an airbag that doesn’t deploy, SUVs that roll over, or tires that blow out are all examples of vehicle parts that could cause the manufacturers to be held liable for an accident.
Poor Road Conditions: Government entities can be held responsible for an accident when roadways are not engineered, built, or maintained properly. Claims against a government agency can be complicated and require the expertise of a skilled car accident lawyer.
What to Do After a Car Accident
As mentioned earlier, the steps we take after an accident greatly affect our ability to successfully bring a claim for compensation from liable parties. The issue usually comes down to one of information. Does your car accident lawyer have enough information to demonstrate in settlement discussions or to a jury that another party caused the crash and your losses?
Note taking can be one of the best ways to gather critical bits of information that your attorney can use down the road. Answering the following questions can help you collect the right information at the time of the accident and help jog your memory throughout the claim process
Where were you going when the accident happened? Who were you with and what were you talking about?
What was the weather like? What were the road conditions like? For example, was the asphalt wet? Was there heavy traffic?
What did you experience and feel when the accident happened and right afterwards? Did anyone say anything about the crash that stood out to you?
In addition to these questions, it is important to keep a daily journal chronicling your injuries. Each day, evaluate your physical wounds, the pain they cause, and your mental state. Are you in lots of pain, having trouble sleeping, feeling nervous or depressed about the future, and worried about your inability to fully recover?
It’s a good idea to carry a journal with you at all times and write down any recollections you have about the accident. This can relate to the crash itself, your injuries, losses you suffered because of the accident, and conversations you had with others about the crash. Sometimes, returning to the scene of the crash will bring back memories that you didn’t remember right after the accident happened.
What Can I Do About My Car Accident Injuries?
Even low impact and low speed crashes can cause car accident victims to be seriously hurt. If you don’t require emergency transportation to the hospital, you should still see your regular physician and be examined for possible injuries. Many times, people suffer serious wounds to the spine or brain from a car crash.
Rear-end crashes can cause whiplash, which is the rapid movement of your neck backward and forward. Whiplash can cause headaches and chronic pain often requiring lengthy rehabilitation and long-term medication.
Side-impact crashes can cause traumatic brain injuries when those inside of a vehicle hit their heads on the car’s frame or window. Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent brain damage and greatly impact an individual’s future. Side-impact crashes can also cause lesser injuries like ligament and muscle strains and soft tissue damage.
It is important to always see a doctor soon after the crash because the more time that goes by without you being treated, the more likely an insurance company will think that you didn’t’ suffer any injuries. Even if you go see a doctor a few days after the crash, the insurance company can argue that you had time to be hurt doing something else. Going to a doctor immediately will create a paper trail of your injuries and your medical professional’s treatment of specific problems.