Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a car accident, you may have grounds for compensation. Reach out to our car accident lawyers for help getting compensated fairly.
When someone is careless behind the wheel, chaos and destruction often ensue. If you were the victim, you’re hurt, and worse, the at-fault party is unwilling to help you recover. Now you need help getting compensated fairly for your injuries.
That’s where the lawyers at Monge & Associates can help. Your car accident lawyer has the tools you need to face your car accident lawsuit and get compensated. Continue reading to learn more about the car accident claim process.
Who’s Liable for a Car Accident?
A car accident can be devastating, and it’s not always easy to determine who’s responsible for your suffering. You may have been in a multi-car accident, for example, or certain factors may impact who’s financially liable for your injuries.
If you’re not sure who’s liable for your car accident, check out some common factors that may impact your lawsuit.
When the At-Fault Driver Is at Work
Many drivers aren’t just on the road for fun, or even for a commute. Truck drivers, delivery drivers, taxi drivers, and more may be on the road as a part of their job. They may have even caused your accident while driving within the scope of their job. But that doesn’t always mean they’re financially liable.
If you’re hurt by a driver on the job, the employer may be financially responsible for your injuries. Reach out to your car accident lawyer for help determining liability.
Sometimes, car accidents are single-car events, but that doesn’t mean you’re always responsible for your injuries. You may have been careful, only to suffer a serious injury anyway. What now?
The manufacturer of the car may be at fault. They’re responsible for ensuring their cars are safe to drive, so if your brakes fail or your airbag fails to deploy, the manufacturer may be responsible for your related expenses.
The Department of Transportation can also be held accountable for accidents caused by the roads. If you hit a pothole that should have been repaired, and you lost control of your car, your lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against that government agency.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
When you’re hurt in a car accident, your first thought may be about your insurance policy. Your car insurance should cover the losses you’ve suffered in a serious car accident, right?
It’s not always that simple. Some states are fault states, which means the at-fault party is responsible for your injuries. If you’re not sure who caused your injuries, it can be difficult to seek compensation for them.
Worse, the insurance company isn’t on your side. For example, your insurance adjuster may lowball your settlement, claiming it’s worth less than its actual value. Otherwise, the adjuster may delay your claim or refuse to respond at all. That leaves you desperate for any settlement or believing you’re not due compensation. Talk to your lawyer about maximizing your settlement after a car accident.
A States Laws Can Impact Your Car Accident Claim
Your car accident claim can help you recover from your injuries, but it’s not always an open-and-shut case. If you’re not careful, you can lose part or even all your compensation.
For example, your time limits can impact your claim. You have two years to file a car accident lawsuit. If you fail to act in time, your claim can be dismissed, leaving you without compensation.
Your claim can also be dismissed if you’re deemed partly at fault. Some states have modified comparative negligence laws. That means, if you’re found partly at fault for the car accident, your compensation can be reduced based on the blame you’re assigned. If you’re found more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, your claim could be dismissed.
Compensation for a Car Accident
When you’re hurt in a serious car accident, you need compensation that covers the losses you’ve suffered because of your accident. But those damages can be difficult to calculate. How do you calculate your losses for the physical pain you suffered?
Luckily, your car accident lawyer has the right tools for your claim. They can calculate your intangible damages, or non-economic damages, based on the impact your suffering has on your life. That way, you don’t have to worry about paying out of pocket for your suffering.
Residents may be eligible for compensation that covers the following damages, among others:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Rehabilitation costs
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Car Accident FAQ
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, getting answers can be tough. The insurance company is acting for its own benefit, and the at-fault party doesn’t want to pay for your losses. Worse, free advice on the internet may not be accurate for your specific claim.
That’s why you may need to speak with a car accident lawyer. Below are some of our most commonly-asked questions. If you have more questions, we’re ready to give you claim-specific answers.
What if my child was hurt in a car accident?
Knowing that your child is suffering makes it difficult to focus on anything else. But your child isn’t old enough to file a claim and sue the at-fault party. In these cases, you and your lawyer may be able to step in and sue on your child’s behalf. If you don’t act now, your child can also wait until they’re eighteen to sue.
I was a passenger in a car accident. Can I sue?
When another driver hurts you, your need for compensation doesn’t change, no matter if you’re another driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, your car accident lawyer can help you determine who the at-fault party is and get compensated.
If I feel fine after a car accident, do I still need to go to the hospital?
Delayed injuries may not be obvious immediately after your car accident. You may feel fine at first, only to suffer life-altering injuries later. Because of this, getting medical care now makes all the difference. It can also benefit your claim to prove you were seeking medical treatment immediately after the accident.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
Many drivers think they don’t have the money for legal aid. But here’s the good news: You don’t pay upfront for your car accident lawyer’s services. You’ll pay a contingency fee, which is a percentage of your compensation. If we don’t win your claim, we don’t get paid.
Can I just settle with my insurance company and avoid a lawsuit?
It’s possible to settle your car accident claim without the trouble of a lawsuit, but it may not be easy to get your compensation. Working with a car accident lawyer can help you get your maximum compensation, not just the funds the insurance company is willing to offer.
Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer
After a car accident, it’s tough to get compensated fairly. You need the funds for your recovery, but the at-fault party may do everything in their power to avoid paying for your losses. That can leave you paying out of pocket for your losses.
The lawyers at Monge & Associates are here to help. Your car accident lawyer can help you file your lawsuit, starting with a free case evaluation, so you can get the compensation you’re due. To work with one of our lawyers, give us a call at 404-481-3826 or complete the online contact form below.