Will Someone’s Negligence on the Roads Leave You in Debt?
Jun 08, 2017 00:22
Whether injured close to your home or your office, a major car accident has potential to change your life. With that said how will you respond when someone’s negligence has left you and/or loved ones injured?
For many people in such a situation, the first priority is their personal well-being. Making sure they do not have any life-threatening or life-changing injuries takes precedence. From that point on, the focus oftentimes turns to the legality of your accident.
Do you have clear-cut proof that the other driver was responsible for your injuries? If so, filing a lawsuit is in your best interests.
So, are you prepared to fight back so that another person’s negligence doesn’t drive you into debt?
Building a Legal Case to Your Advantage
To give you the best possible shot at receiving a settlement, remember a few pointers:
1.Your side of the story
Unless there is a dispute about who was at fault, evidence showing you’re not the guilty party is crucial.
He or she can use that evidence to build a legal case against the other side. Be sure to provide your legal counsel with as much information as you know it. Assuming there is a police report of the accident that should end up with your lawyer.
Your legal counsel wants to review to see if the negligent party has any history of issues behind the wheel.
These can include:
• Reckless or distracted driving
• Incidents of road rage
Does this person have a history of tickets and convictions? If so, they will have a hard time arguing against any evidence showing they caused this accident.
2.Your injuries and finances
As bad as the physical and emotional pain is, what about the financial mess of a serious car accident?
Not only do you have a vehicle that is beyond repair or needs major work, you also have the possibility of lost wages. If injured to the point you won’t be able to work for a period of time, how do you make up that money? Even with disability payments, it can be easy to fall behind.
That is yet another reason why legal help becomes a necessity and not a choice.
Unless you have suffered life-threatening or life-changing injuries, you will recover over time.
That said it is critical that you take a look at your future following such a serious vehicle accident.
As bad as the physical injuries are; what about your mental state?
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