Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Six Common Myths of Auto Accidents

Being in an auto accident is a terrifying situation that many of us experience at least once in our lifetime. When you have been in an accident, it is helpful to know what your rights are and how you can get the help you need. An experienced auto accident lawyer will likely be one of your best resources, should an auto accident affect your life.

Although none of us want to imagine ourselves in an auto accident, it is likely such an accident will occur. Knowing what to expect when one does happen can help prepare you for the confusion such circumstances create. Below are six of the most common myths about auto accidents, to help you avoid confusion if you are in a collision one day.

Whoever is responsible for the wreck will have to cover all of my costs.

When another party is at fault in an accident, you are not automatically compensated for all of the expenses you must pay. Their insurance company will actually work to undercompensate you. Only a judge or jury can rule what the insurance company has to pay. You will likely gain money for medical expenses and the cost of repairing your car, but other costs will not be recovered without a successful claim.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Comparative Negligence in Pedestrian Accidents Hit by a Car

When a moving vehicle strikes a pedestrian, catastrophic injuries usually result. Vehicles outweigh pedestrians by thousands of pounds and exert great force that the human body cannot generally withstand. Despite a “vehicle versus pedestrian” accident being most damaging to the pedestrian, a driver may try to defend his or her actions through comparative negligence.

Due to the intricacy of personal injury cases and skill with which some lawyers develop defenses for clients against plaintiff claims, it is important to engage the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer for an accident claim. An expert attorney will know your state laws well and can pursue fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Comparative Negligence Defined

Comparative negligence is a defense used in court to mitigate the amount of liability on the part of the defendant. In the past, the rule for auto accident cases was that a party could not recover damages if he or she contributed to their own injuries suffered during the accident. Although this rule is seldom followed in courts of most states, many states use comparative negligence to reduce the amount of recovery compensation a plaintiff can receive according to the amount of responsibility he or she held for the accident and resulting injuries.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Car Accidents Caused During the Summer

During the summer months, travel on America’s highways and in the skies increases substantially. Because there are so many vehicles on the road, the number of accidents also increase. When motor vehicle accidents happen, people on vacation and those commuting to work, driving home or making their way to recreational options all experience headaches.

When a car accident occurs in the summer, the experience of a personal injury lawyer can help get you back on the road to recovery from injuries and property damage.

Teen Drivers Are Often Involved

Because school is not in session, teen drivers spend more time enjoying themselves on the road. Due to inexperience, immaturity inherent in their age, peer pressure and lack of knowledge in driving, teen auto accidents frequently occur in the summer, when teens are supposed to enjoy a carefree life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated August is the most dangerous month for any driving in the United States. Loss of vehicle control leads to serious collisions, such as head-on accidents with other drivers and passengers in their vehicles. Extensive property damage can occur when a driver loses control of his or her vehicle and collides with objects.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Unsafe Road Conditions Leading to Car Accidents

Car Accidents Caused by Bad Road Conditions

Involved in an Accident because of Poor Road Conditions?

Even the best driver who pays particular attention to how they drive, ensuring speed limits are obeyed while they are behind the wheel, maintaining their car’s operability and adhering to traffic laws can run into trouble on the road that leads to accidents. Such trouble may be found in bad road conditions like potholes, deteriorating roads and missing guard rails. When an accident occurs because of these issues, who is liable for the accident?

Proving liability in cases of car accidents caused by poor road conditions can be very difficult. But an experienced personal injury attorney is able to help you ensure that liability and accountability fall on the responsible parties, instead of your own shoulders. Negligence of others should not result in you having to pay for injuries or damages. An auto accident and personal injury lawyer can help you gain compensation for these expenses from the people and businesses liable for your accident.

Proving Road Conditions Caused Your Accident

To prove that road conditions are the cause of your auto accident, the following issues must be determined:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Preventing Bankruptcy after a Serious Motor Vehicle Accident

High Medical Bills After a Car Accident
Many people come very close to bankruptcy after a serious auto accident. You need to know this is common due to how stifling medical bills can be after injuries have been sustained and must be treated. No one plans for a car accident and when it happens, it can be not only a complete surprise but detrimental to your personal financial security. According to the CNBC report, medical bills are the biggest cause of bankruptcy with over 2 million filing bankruptcy in 2013.

What typically happens following an auto accident is the insurance company of the responsible party will try to provide compensation that they believe you will accept, according to what they feel is appropriate. They do this because they must take care of their own customer, the policy holder, not because they have your best interests in mind.

So the question is whether you should accept the insurance company’s offer at face value, or spend some time trying to negotiate with them.

What you should do first is to contact an experienced auto accident attorney. If you have already accepted some money from the insurance company, you should still contact a lawyer if your expenses are more than the compensation you were provided after the accident. A lawyer can help rectify the situation and get you the compensation you should have received in the first place.

Monday, June 27, 2016

When Insurance Companies Act in Bad Faith After Your Accident

Many insurance companies actively resist approving claims. They do so because they want to minimize the amounts they have to pay out. In cases in which a person is injured in automobile accidents, insurance companies may be especially hard to work with. Personal injury and car crash cases can be more difficult when all of the different versions of what happened are collected by the insurance companies. They will try to use these competing stories to argue that might reduce their insured's negligence level.

Some insurance companies will act in bad faith as the standard way in which they deal with all claims. These companies will either try to force plaintiffs to settle for very low amounts or to go to court. In these types of situations, an experienced personal injury attorney may prove that the insurance companies are acting in bad faith.

Understanding What is Bad Faith

Different insurance companies follow different approaches to how they settle claims. Some of these approaches depend on how large the companies are and how they are managed. When you know what general approach a particular insurance company takes to claims, it can be helpful when you are filing your own claim. For example, if you are dealing with an adjuster who is seemingly unworkable, it may be a tactic that their supervisor ordered them to use. This is one reason that trying to handle your personal injury claim without getting legal help is normally a bad idea.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Insurance Company's View on Causation of a Car Accident

Insurance Agent preparing car accident estimate
Car Insurance Adjuster Reviewing Damage to Car After an Accident

Car Accidents - Causation

Many people think that when you are involved in a car accident and the opposing insurance company concurs that their insured is responsible for the accident; they will automatically pay. However, they often do not want to pay all the damaged caused by the collision, they would much rather settle for a lesser price. They will use numerous tactics to get out of paying anything at all. One of their common strategies is to take the position that their insured was the one that caused the accident, but the injuries were pre-existing and did not occur during the accident. 

Low Impact Labeling

Take for instance the damage to your car was minor; the insurance company will come back with a label of "low impact" for the accident. Over the past decade, insurance companies are trying harder than ever to fight insurance claims in these minor accidents. To prove their point they will sometimes reference the price to fix the car. If the repairs are between the ranges of $500-$3,000; the accident would be considered to be a low impact collision. Also, the insurance company can also just say the collision is low impact based on the visual aspects of the automobile. If and when they deem an accident with this title, it becomes hard to fight for compensation.