Most people who initiate civil lawsuits are seeking damages from a negligent party for injuries, financial harm, or property damage.
Car accident claims often stem from injuries that a negligent driver caused, and in many cases, the injured party is simply looking to receive compensation for expenses related to the accident. The nature and value of a car accident claim can vary from case to case, and several factors will influence if and how much the at-fault driver may have to cover.
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If you sustained serious car crash injuries in Alabama, it may be beneficial to contact an experienced Mobile personal injury lawyer. A qualified lawyer will have knowledge of local laws and can assess your case to determine if you may have a valid claim for medical expenses and lost wages. The Morris Bart law firm represents accident victims in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
At Morris Bart, LLC, we specialize in helping people who suffered injuries due to another person or company’s negligence, and we have a large team of attorneys ready to assist you. Call us today at (800) 537-8185 to schedule an appointment.
The Morris Bart law office and other personal injury law firms usually provide complimentary consultations for those hurt in collisions and other car accidents. This free meeting is the best way to determine if you have a potentially valid car accident claim. You can find out the strength of your case and your legal options for seeking a payout during your case assessment with our attorneys.
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Factors that Could Affect a Personal Injury Case
Here are four factors that could affect your car accident claim:
1. Medical Attention
If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident, it is important to visit a doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible, according to DMV.org. Aside from the importance of obtaining adequate treatment for your injuries before they become more serious, it is possible that a judge will not look favorably upon your claim if you delay your doctor’s visit.
The insurance company may even try to blame your injuries on another event their policyholder did not cause if you wait too long to see a doctor. They will attempt to build a case showing your injuries must not have been as serious as you are claiming and that there is no way to link them to the accident.
2. Police Report
A police report is a valuable document in a car accident claim. It will provide comprehensive and credible information about the accident, and it should include details about the law enforcement official who assisted at the scene. Even if you only intend on claiming through insurance, it is likely that a representative from the insurance company will verify all claims with the attending officer listed on the report.
The crash report will also detail information about what happened and if anyone received a citation from the accident. This can be a major piece of evidence to support negligence and liability. While there may be arguments against these reports occasionally, they are generally used to support the victim’s accusations of fault.
3. Pre-Existing Injuries
If you have pre-existing injuries, it is still important to request new scans or X-rays of the injured regions, according to the Alabama Department of Insurance. Experts will compare the scans from before and after the crash, and they may be able to determine the extent of the new injuries or if the accident aggravated old injuries.
It is important to know that you can still recover damages for your injuries and care if you had pre-existing injuries. This can make it more difficult to prove your case, but a car accident attorney will know how to develop a strong argument and support your claim with evidence.
If a judge finds the other driver guilty of driving under the influence, there is a reasonable chance that the court will presume he or she is criminally liable for the crash and, therefore, also liable in the civil case against them.
You may be able to win compensation in a drunk driving civil claim without a conviction, as well. Your claim may move faster than the criminal court system but having information about why the responding officers arrested the other driver will support your allegations of fault and liability.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Case
A car accident attorney can use their knowledge of the law and experience with similar cases to determine the likely outcome of your case. While they will not be able to put a value on your claim at this point, they can determine if they believe you have a valid case.
If our lawyer reviews the facts of your crash and believes you can hold the at-fault driver legally liable through an insurance claim or civil lawsuit, they may offer to represent you through this process. We always represent clients based on contingency fees. You will not need to pay any upfront costs.
Each state has deadlines for suing the at-fault driver. This could be as short as one year or up to three years or longer. Act quickly to discuss your case with an attorney to ensure you do not miss this deadline.
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Talk to a Car Accident Attorney from Morris Bart, LLC, for Free Today
At Morris Bart, LLC, we specialize in personal injury law and accident claims. We can evaluate your case and advise you on how to proceed with a claim. Call us today at (800) 537-8185 to schedule an appointment with a qualified personal injury attorney.
We will take you through the process and outline what you can expect in the coming weeks. We may even be able to recover accident-related damages that pay your lost wages and medical expenses.
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