All drivers have an obligation to follow the laws of the road. This ensures their safety as well as that of those around them. However, this is not always the case and accidents do happen. Sometimes, accidents can be minor. Other times, they have the potential to cause serious, life-changing injuries to those involved. When facing these situations, victims of a car accident can seek to hold a negligent party liable for their suffering. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit. It is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney during this time to navigate the case towards success.
Types of Accidents
There are different ways a car accident can happen. The most common types of accidents that are seen can consist of:
- Rear-end accidents
- Side-impact collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Multi-car pile-ups
- Taxi accidents
In order to drive safely, drivers must be of sound mind and give the road their undivided attention. Some actions or behavior that may cause drivers to be unsafe on the road can include the following:
- Texting while driving
- Using other electronic devices while driving
- Disregarding traffic signs/signals
- Drunk/drugged driving
- Excessive speeding/reckless driving
- Driving distracted
- Driving tired
What to Do After an Accident
After an accident, it is important to stay on the scene and immediately contact law enforcement as well as medical help. When law enforcement arrives, they can ensure the safety of the scene as well as draft an official police report of the incident. Victims of the accident should also document the scene with pictures or videos as long as it is safe to do so. By receiving medical help, injured parties can not only treat their wounds but document them. This can all be beneficial in the event that they wish to file a personal injury claim.
Burden of Proof
In order to prove negligence in a personal injury lawsuit, victims are required to satisfy the burden of proof. This can be done by collecting evidence that shows the accident and their injuries were a direct result of another party’s actions or behavior. As previously mentioned, evidence that can be helpful during this time can include the police report, medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of videos of the scene, and any witness statements.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know sustained an injury in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact The Law Office of Roosevelt Nesmithtoday.