The Best Response to a Car Crash
Not everyone who drives on the road does so safely. Some people refuse to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow motorists. Some people will never recognize the danger of speaking on the phone, sending text messages, and talking to passengers while driving. They do not get the fact that no one can drive safely after drinking alcohol and that disregarding traffic rules and regulations is always a bad idea.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent and reckless driver, then you should build up a case and sue.
Your Side of the Story
You must first hire a personal injury lawyer such as the ones found at Desmond Law Office, PLLC. Before you make this kind of claim, you must have a legal strategy in place, or at least the beginnings of one. The person you are suing will do everything they can to discredit and dismiss your claim, and you should be prepared for that. Your lawyer will be eager to hear your side of the story. During the first consultation they will ask you to recall the events that led to the accident and everything that happened afterward. Your story—your version of events—will be used as the basis of the legal strategy that will be subsequently developed.
The Consequences of an Accident
You are not suing for revenge. You are suing because of the real financial hardship that results from an accident. Such an accident can be extremely disruptive. If the collision was bad enough, it could put you in the hospital for weeks. This will lead to a sudden decrease in your income and a precipitous rise in your expenses. You will have to pay for the hospital stay and the long-term rehabilitative therapy and prescriptive drug treatment you will need. Even when you are ready to go back to your job, you may be forced to reduce your hours of work or take a lower-paying position.
You should not be forced to bear the burden of these consequences alone. The person whose recklessness and irresponsibility put you in the situation should be held accountable.
Making a Stand
The insurance company of the other driver may start out with a low settlement offer. Do not take it. If your injuries are severe and you know that the other driver was in the wrong, then you should allow your attorney time to build up a case against them.
Your lawyer will get a copy of the police report, including photos of the accident and eyewitness statements. Your attorney will also put their own professional investigators on the case. The scene will be re-examined and eyewitnesses re-interviewed. This often turns up facts and evidence that police have overlooked. Your lawyer will also get any camera coverage of the scene and will make inquiries into the driving history and criminal record of the other driver. If they have been charged with DUI or violations of any other kind, your attorney will find out about it.