Legal Help: Getting Hurt on the Street
You should never drive after consuming alcohol in an amount that is over the legal limit. However, if you get charged with a DUI offense after consuming alcohol, it doesn't mean that you are actually guilty of the crime. No matter what the case may be in the incident, it is wise to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to assist with the legal process that commonly follows a DUI offense.
When litigating an automobile accident, the role of a witness can be crucial to the outcome. A witness can be extraordinarily beneficial during a dispute, whether it is with an insurer or other party related to the accident. The following is some information about witnesses and the role they play in a car accident case:
Type of Witness
There are two types of witnesses that can testify in a car accident case: expert witnesses and lay witnesses.
There have been many a weird and bizarre lawsuit over the years. It makes you wonder if a problem with a product is something for which you should sue the company. If you do decide to sue, do you know what kind of case you have? Is it a case of negligence? Personal injury? A civil matter? Unless there are certain aspects of your situation and they apply to your case, it may be hard to tell.
After an injury in an auto accident, you will likely need to pursue an insurance company or go to court to recoup your damages. This will require extensive evidence in order to accurately prove your case. The following are some things you and your attorney need to consider:
Document Your Physical Injuries
Whether your accident was major or minor, you need to make sure you are seen by a medical professional to document your injuries.
Who pays for the damages when a car mechanical failure causes a car crash? In some cases, the driver of the car can be held liable for the crash if they were negligent in servicing and maintaining the car. However, many other people can be held liable for such an accident; here are a few examples:
The Manufacturer of the Car
The manufacturer may be the first party to come to your mind in this case, but they will only be liable if the mechanical failure is traced to a defectively manufactured part.
I never gave a lot of thought to needing a lawyer until I was injured while walking down a sidewalk. The accident happened when a biker decided to use the sidewalk instead of the street, and plowed into me as he turned a corner.
What followed was a lesson in what is involved with pedestrian accidents. I found a traffic attorney who took my case, and she was able to obtain a settlement that covered the legal fees and my medical bills.
If you have been injured through the negligence of another party, you do need legal representation. Keep reading and I'll share how I found the right lawyer and what we did to ensure that my rights were fully protected in a court of law.