Auto Accident FAQs

Date: February 3, 2012
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When you have been in a car accident, it is hard to determine if you have a lawsuit, who is at fault, and if you really have to sue in order to receive full compensation. An auto accident lawsuit can take a great deal of time and effort on your part. After an accident, if you can’t work due to injuries, or if your vehicle is damaged and you can’t get to work, you may need to think about filing an auto accident lawsuit. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers to help you decide what you need to do.

How do I decide if I actually have grounds for an auto accident lawsuit?

Any auto accident should be brought to the attention of your attorney, especially accidents involving any type of personal injury. He or she can advise you on certain aspects of the procedures. At the very least, let your attorney handle the insurance companies to make sure you get a fair settlement. The insurance companies are going to use their lawyers; you should also use one to ensure that you are compensated appropriately.

How is fault determined in an auto accident lawsuit?

Immediately after an auto accident, an investigation is performed to review factors such as the vehicles involved, the area surrounding the accident, and sometimes even the injuries sustained to determine what the cause of the accident was. A further investigation of the vehicles involved will determine if there is the possibility of a faulty part or poorly performed maintenance that may have contributed the accident. These investigations will determine who made the error and what happened leading up to and during the accident. In cases involving defective parts or products, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the responsible parties.

What do I do if the driver at fault didn’t have insurance?

If the at fault driver does not have insurance, you may be able to pursue uninsured motorist coverage from your own insurance company. Alternatively, you may be able to determine if the other motorist was covered under someone else’s policy, such as their employer. This may get your damages awarded, just through another route. Your lawyer will work with you to explore all possible avenues for obtaining compensation.

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