Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Tens of thousands of people are killed in traffic accidents on U.S. roads each year, and millions are injured in motor vehicle crashes. At Resolve Law Group, we understand how challenging the weeks and months after a car accident can be. You may be working to rebuild after an injury, in pain, concerned about medical expenses, unable to work, and unsure what the future holds.

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Nearly All Motor Vehicle Accidents are Someone's Fault

Traffic crashes are usually called “accidents,” and it’s certainly true that most drivers don’t collide with other vehicles intentionally. But the word “accident” suggests something that just happened, perhaps outside everyone’s control, like a lightning strike. In reality, nearly all motor vehicle accidents are somebody’s fault. Some common causes of car accidents and other automobile crashes include:
• Distracted driving, such as texting, watching videos, or turning to       talk to a backseat passenger
• Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
• Following too closely
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Fatigued driving
• Negligent vehicle maintenance
Occasionally, someone other than one of the drivers involved may be responsible for a traffic crash. For instance, a defective vehicle part may cause or contribute to an accident. Or, in some cases, confusing or obscured signage, road design, or negligent road maintenance may be a contributing factor.

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Liability in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Liability in car accident cases is typically based on negligence. A driver has a responsibility to operate a vehicle in a reasonably safe manner, to avoid property damage and injury to others. If a driver breaches that duty and drives negligently, they will usually be legally responsible for any damages.

If the crash was caused by a defective vehicle or vehicle part, the claim is a bit different. In a product liability case, the manufacturer of the defective product is typically liable for damages even if they weren’t negligent.

An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney who handles cases in your area can assess your case and identify possible responsible parties to ensure that you have the best chance at receiving all of the compensation available to you.

Damages in a Motor Vehicle Accident Case

Every case is different, but some damages commonly awarded in a motor vehicle accident case include:
• Reimbursement for medical expenses
• Reimbursement for other expenses, such as medical equipment and therapy
• Compensation for projected future medical costs and other expenses
• Compensation for lost income, including any projected future losses
• Compensation for pain and suffering / loss of quality of life
Depending on the state and the circumstances of your accident, punitive damages may also be available.

Your lawyer can’t tell you exactly how much your case is worth or make any promises about the outcome—that's a violation of attorney ethics, so you should think twice about hiring a lawyer who makes that kind of representation. But an attorney who is experienced with motor vehicle accident cases in your area will be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case and give you a general idea of what to expect.

Talk to a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Right Away

The amount of time you have to file a car accident lawsuit differs from state to state. That’s just one reason it’s best to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. After your accident, you’ll probably hear from the responsible driver’s insurance company. They may seem to be helpful, but their job isn’t to help you get fair compensation—it's to save the company money. It’s easy to make mistakes when talking with insurance company representatives. If you hire a car accident lawyer right away, your attorney will take over those communications.

Getting an early start also means it will be easier for your attorney to gather evidence, and that witness’s memories will be clearer.

The best time to get the help you need is now.

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