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Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
Getting in any sort of vehicular accident can be extremely scary, especially if your children are onboard. If the collision was the result of another motorist’s negligent driving, you may have the right to take legal action and attempt to recover damages, including compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.
At Shane Smith Law, we leverage our robust resources to help car accident victims seek justice. Our experienced car accident lawyers are focused on getting you better: We can connect you with quality treatment while we get to work on building your case.
Our team is made up of skilled litigators who understand how to strategically advocate for you in and out of the courtroom. Getting you the compensation that you deserve is our top priority, and we will do everything we can to deliver a favorable outcome.
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Determining Liability for a Car Accident
A motorist owes a duty of care to all other drivers (and pedestrians) on the road. This means every motorist must make every effort to drive as safely as possible. When they behave negligently, they violate this duty of care and become liable for any damages their negligence causes.
If a driver causes a crash because they were texting while driving, for example, they arguably violated their duty of care and are therefore liable under the law.
In some rare cases, the driver may not necessarily be the liable party. If the accident was caused by a vehicle defect – not the driver’s behavior – another party, such as the manufacturer of the defective component, the manufacturer of the vehicle, or even the dealer that sold the defective vehicle, may be liable. Our car accident attorneys can review your circumstances and determine who is liable in your case.
Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Car Accident Lawsuit
If you are interested in recovering compensation after a car accident, you must act quickly. Each state enforces a statute of limitations, and if you miss the applicable deadline, you will be unable to take legal action.
The time limit varies by state, but many require you to start the process within two years of the accident. Some states give you more time, and some states less. Should a car accident kill someone, qualifying survivors will get additional time (again, the exact amount varies by state) to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In a car accident lawsuit, you can typically recover economic and non-economic damages, including compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
Why Shane Smith Law?
Our firm exclusively handles personal injury cases and has a strong track record of delivering favorable results to our clients. Our car accident lawyers are compassionate to the pain, stress, and uncertainty you are likely experiencing and are committed to making the legal process as smooth and efficient as possible.
We know what is at stake, especially if you suffered serious injuries, and utilize the full extent of our comprehensive resources when fighting for you.
Do not wait to discuss your case with us if you were injured in a car accident. Call (980) 246-2656 or contact us online today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Some people say car accidents are bound to happen, even if everyone drives carefully. The reality is that most car accidents are the result of one motorist not paying attention or failing to follow the rules of the road. You may have a personal injury case if another motorist’s negligent driving led to a collision.
Car accidents often occur because of:
- Changing lanes without signaling
- Running a stop sign or stoplight
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving (including texting while driving)
- Driving while intoxicated
Common Car Accident Injuries
Even a seemingly minor fender bender has the potential to cause serious, life-changing injuries. Do not try to shake off a minor collision: Some injuries are not visible to the naked eye, so it is important to see your doctor soon after an accident so that they can perform a medical evaluation. Depending on their nature and severity, these injuries could prevent you from working temporarily or permanently. They may also lower your quality of life. Common car accident injuries include:
- Back and spinal injuries
- Head trauma
- Arm and leg injuries
- Chest injuries
- Burn injuries
What Is the Role of an Attorney in a Car Accident Lawsuit?
It is not in your best interest to attempt to go through this legal process alone. Each state has its own procedures and liability rules, and an attorney can help you navigate them. They can also help you protect your rights when communicating with the insurance companies and the defendant’s representatives.
A seasoned legal professional will work to secure maximum compensation for your losses. They may be able to avoid a trial by negotiating a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, a lawyer will advocate for you in court and do everything possible to deliver a favorable resolution.
Having an attorney by your side will be especially important if the defendant claims you were partially responsible for causing the car accident. While some states allow you to recover some compensation if you are partly to blame, other states forbid you from recovering anything if you share any fault. A lawyer can anticipate and refute these arguments.
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