A car accident can happen in a matter of seconds, leaving behind serious bodily injury and forever impacting the lives of everyone involved. An accident victim is naturally confused about the ramifications that result from the accident—both medical and legal—and may find themselves out of work and unable to pay the stack of medical bills that begin to drift in during the days and weeks that follow. Fortunately, if you have been involved in an accident due to someone else’s fault, you have the right to seek damages from the at-fault party. SMT Legal can help. Our team of legal professionals is standing ready to help you at this difficult time.
Liability in Car Accidents
A wide number of factors can come into play during a car accident. Often, determining the cause of the accident is not simple or clean cut. Sometimes multiple drivers may be at fault, or outside causes may have contributed to the accident. Determining who is liable for damages or injuries resulting from a car accident depends largely on vehicle statutes, as opposed to the traditional definition of “fault.” For instance, if you were seriously injured after another motorist cut in front of you after turning onto a street, you may be found liable if you were speeding or made an illegal lane change prior to the crash.
Auto insurance companies have one goal: to get out of paying for damages or to pay the least amount as possible. Dealing with auto insurance companies while you’re recovering from an auto accident is the last thing you’ll want to do, so let our team of experienced car accident attorneys deal with the auto insurance companies for you. Our expert lawyers will secure you the maximum, the fairest settlement you’re entitled to.
Causes of Car Accidents
However, the most common causes of car accidents are:
- Distracted driving: This includes drivers who are distracted by texting or otherwise using their phones, noisy passengers (such as children,) eating, putting on makeup, or watching videos instead of the road.
- Driving while under the influence: These include drivers who have been drinking, using illegal or legal substances, or are under the influence of prescription medications that affect their mental and physical abilities.
- Inexperienced drivers: Teenage drivers make up a large percentage of car accidents, due to their inexperience behind the wheel.
- Speeding: Speeding is responsible for 30 percent of fatal accidents on American roadways.
- Reckless driving: Reckless drivers account for 33 percent of auto accidents that result in death in the U.S.
Collecting Damages after Car Accident
Keep in mind that if you are a surviving family member of someone who lost their lives in a car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. This claim allows you to recoup financial loss that is created by the absence of the deceased in your life, as well as any medical bills resulting from the accident prior to the person’s passing and any time missed from work or lost wages they experienced as a result.