The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report car accidents cause about 2 million injuries and 32,000 fatalities every year in the United States. The fatal crash rate in the United States is higher than any other developed country; it’s vital for all American drivers to understand the risks of the road. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident in the Roswell, GA, area, the legal team at Kaufman Law, P.C. can help you secure compensation for your medical expenses, vehicle repairs, and other damages.
When to Sue for a Car Accident
Not all car accidents will qualify for a lawsuit. The main determining factors are fault and foreseeability. If another driver strikes your vehicle and causes damages, you must prove that the other driver was negligent, and the accident was foreseeable and avoidable had the other driver taken appropriate action. Some car accidents happen due to vehicle defects or faulty maintenance. If a vehicle manufacturer sells a defective vehicle, the manufacturer would absorb liability for the driver’s damages under product liability law. If faulty maintenance is to blame, a personal injury lawsuit against the entity that performed the maintenance is appropriate.
Generally, every state requires drivers to report all car accidents that cause injury or excessive property damage. It’s a good rule of thumb to call the police to report any accident that causes more than a dented bumper. Failing to notify the police about a car accident when appropriate can lead to serious legal concerns, and may complicate any future legal action you take against the other driver.
To prove negligence, the plaintiff in a car accident lawsuit will need to show the court that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, failed to meet that duty, and the plaintiff’s damages are the direct result of the defendant’s breached duty of care. It’s crucial for plaintiffs in car accident cases to secure legal representation from a trusted personal injury lawyer with a strong history of success in past cases.
Hiring a lawyer is also important for securing the appropriate amount of compensation in a car accident claim. Some factors, such as pre-existing medical conditions, road construction, or a combination of vehicle defects and other factors can all potentially add layers of complexity onto a lawsuit. An exemplary attorney will help his or her client prove the extent of the damages caused by the defendant’s negligence to maximize the plaintiff’s recovery.
Damages and Compensation
Car accidents can cause severe cuts, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, and a myriad of other wounds. These injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, missed time from work, as well as significant pain and suffering. Additionally, vehicle repairs or replacements will be expensive. Plaintiffs need reliable attorneys to hold negligent defendants accountable for these damages.
Get in touch with Kaufman Law, P.C. in Roswell, GA, today to schedule a free case evaluation for your car accident claim. One of our attorneys will meet with you at your home, your office, or even the hospital if necessary to start the legal process. We have more than 40 years of experience securing compensation for car accident victims in Roswell, so reach out today to see how we can help get you the compensation you deserve.