Majority of car accidents is caused by negligence and impaired drivers. Going back to 2009, 22% of vehicular accidents resulting in fatalities involved drivers whose BAC was .08% or higher. Most drunk drivers are between 25 to 34 years old. Driving under the influence is a punishable offense that can be ruled as a misdemeanor or felony resulting in fines and possible jail time.
Along with impaired drivers, a large chunk of car accidents are caused by defective vehicles or poor road conditions leading to unsafe driving conditions. People who receive injuries due to vehicle defects can file a lawsuit against the car’s manufacturer or the supplier of the defective part in question. Though most courts usually side with the victim regardless of negligence, a good personal injury lawyer is necessary to guarantee favorable results.
Depending on the nature of the accident, drivers can face a civil or criminal liability. Leaving the scene of an accident will lead to authorities automatically classifying the incident as a hit and run, which usually results in jail time and steep fines. All parties involved in a car accident must exchange contact details and insurance information. It will then be up to the insurance agencies to determine who was at fault.
Serious vehicular accidents are usually investigated in more detail by authorities to determine which party is at fault and to decide on the punishment for the ones at fault. Charges incurred can range from, but aren’t limited to, manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, or even murder. The responsible party may even have to face civil action if the victim decides to sue for monetary damages or personal injury.
Majority of personal injury lawsuits concerning car accidents usually lead to negligence claims. Negligence is defined by failure to practice “reasonable care” whilst driving. How is negligence determined? Several factors are looked into in scrutinizing detail such as the driver’s adherence to traffic laws, if weather conditions were deemed properly evaluated , and if the driver was driving impaired.
A driver can possible be relieved of some liability if it can be proved that some other outside event or action happened in between the driver’s actions and the injuries of the victim. There are 3 sources of personal injury insurance compensation.
- No-fault insurance
This covers medical costs, lost wages, funeral expenses,and loss of services regardless of the victim being at fault or not.
- Medical payment coverage
This only covers medical bills and will not touch on emotional damage like trauma, psychological stress, and lost income.
- The driver in question’s bodily injury liability coverage
The negligent driver’s insurance could cover different costs of a victim’s injuries.
When making claims touching on personal injury & accident laws and in order to really assess what your incurred damages are worth an experienced lawyer is needed in order to get favorable results. Several insurance companies usually under compensate victims who aren’t guided by good lawyers. Getting a reliable lawyer can maximize your potential compensation.