Why should I talk to a vehicle accident lawyer instead of just dealing with the insurance company myself?
You cannot rely on the insurance company to pay you full and fair compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies use several tactics to avoid paying claims or to pay less than they should, including denying legitimate claims, delaying claims, or making an early offer which is far less than your claim is worth.
At the very least you should have an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney look over any paperwork the insurance company asks you to sign. If you accept money from the insurance company you may be signing away your right to further compensation, even if you discover that your injuries are going to be far more expensive than you first believed.
Can I collect compensation if I was partly to blame for my accident?
In most states you can. There are a handful of states which still follow the doctrine of contributory negligence which bars you from recovery if you are at all to blame for your injuries, but the majority of states use a system called comparative fault in which you can still receive compensation if you were partly at fault, but your compensation is reduced by your percentage of blame.
What happens to my case if the other driver was uninsured or underinsured?
There may still be avenues of compensation for your injuries. You may have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your auto insurance policy and be able to collect from your own insurance company.
Your motor vehicle accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate your accident looking for all of the underlying causes of the accident and injuries including defective vehicle and defective roadway.
If a defective vehicle was involved you may have a product liability lawsuit against the auto or parts manufacturer or seller, a rental company, or a repair shop. If a defective roadway was to blame then the government entity responsible for the roadway can also be held responsible for your injuries.
Under certain circumstances an employer, parent, or the owner of the vehicle may be held responsible for the driver’s actions.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact us online to be connected with an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney in your area. The initial consultation with a drug injury lawyer is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.