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When most of us think of negligence and injury, the classic example is the simple car accident. We all owe a duty to drive carefully, someone breached that duty by driving irresponsibly or ignoring a traffic sign or signal, this causes a crash, and someone else is injured. Perhaps negligence and car accidents are so closely linked because so many lawsuits follow accidents.
But as seemingly familiar as so many people are with accidents and the personal injury lawsuits that follow, we still have questions. Here are seven of the most common car accident lawsuit questions, and where to find the answers:
Investigations are the first thing that happens after a car accident, whether you realize it or not. And gathering as much information as soon as possible after the accident can have a big impact on any lawsuits that may follow.
After an accident, you may not even be sure you need to sue, much less if you want to or can. But there are statutes of limitation that can bar lawsuits if you wait too long.
Liability in a simple fender bender can be pretty easy to figure out. But who's liable in a multi-car pileup?
Just as there are limits on when and whom you can sue after a car accident, there are limits to what compensation you might be entitled to, if you win your lawsuit.
Far too often, passengers suffer the worst injuries in car crashes. But are they entitled to the same amount in damages? What if they were in the car that was at fault?
Basic negligence lawsuits can easily become wrongful death lawsuits when the destructive power of automobiles comes into play. Find out the difference here, and how that could affect your rights.
The vast majority of car accident claims are handled by insurance companies. But insurers are notoriously stingy, and those settlements don't always cover the full cost of injuries or damage. And some insurance companies will look for reimbursement from liable parties. Make sure you're protected.