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What to Expect if Your Car Accident Injury Case Goes to Trial

What to Expect if Your Car Accident Injury Case Goes to Trial

After being involved in a car accident, dealing with a law suit may be another added stress factor you have to deal with. Depending on the severity of your injuries, damage to your property, or the other party’s insurance provider, trial may be necessary to get the compensation you need to get your life back to normal. If you decide to sue the at-fault driver for compensation, here is a basic guide on what you need to know about going to trial for a car accident injury case.    1. Opening Statement The first thing that’s going to happen is that both your attorney and the defendant’s attorney will state their opening cases to a jury. This introductory monologue is when each attorney outlines the key point in their case. Once opening statements are over your attorney will get the chance to go into further details about your case by presenting your claim.    2. Present Your Claim  Presenting your claim means your attorney will need to provide proof that will back up the points they made in their opening statement. This proof could be witnesses that saw the accident happen, police reports, medical experts who treated your injuries after the accident, accident recreation specialist testimony, and any photographs you took.  3. Defendant Presents Their Claim  Next is the defendant’s attorney’s turn to make their case. They will provide their proof and give their version on how the accident happened. After both parties have presented, it’s time for closing arguments.  4. Closing Arguments Once both attorneys are satisfied with the information they’ve presented, they will summarize the main points illustrated in their opening statements and in your claim....
The Different Types of Car Accident Insurance Explained

The Different Types of Car Accident Insurance Explained

Over 140 million workers commute to work each day, a number that steadily keeps growing. With more and more cars crowding the roadways, chances are high that you’ll be in a car accident at least once. Crashes aren’t limited to rush hour. People indulge too much at parties or on special holidays and then get behind the wheel, making the roads unsafe. When you’re in a crash, it’s too late to start thinking about what type of car accident insurance is available. Keep reading to learn about your options before you really need it. Liability Most states won’t let you drive a car without liability insurance, which covers the basics in case you’re at fault in a collision. Liability insurance handles things like paying for damage and injuries to the other party if you’re at fault. It’s always a good idea to carry coverage beyond what your state requires, just in case. The more protection you provide for yourself and your assets, the better. Comprehensive The majority of drivers- around 77% – purchase both liability and comprehensive insurance. Comprehensive is just like the name suggests – it covers a wide range of incidents. Get comprehensive insurance to cover losses due to bad weather, theft, damage from hitting a large animal, and more. Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Protection Other drivers might not have as much coverage as you do, or any at all. Under-insured or uninsured motorist protection covers damages to your car in case you’re in an accident with someone who has little to no coverage. In South Florida, this type of insurance is critical since the amount of uninsured motorists on the road is so high. Collision...
How to Protect Your Legal Rights to Accident Compensation After a Car Crash

How to Protect Your Legal Rights to Accident Compensation After a Car Crash

Are you afraid of your auto insurance company? You’re not alone! Dealing with insurance company representatives can be unnerving. Sure, they’re friendly and helpful when you’re signing up for their services. But if you’re involved in a car accident, you’re not dealing with the chatty sales rep. Say hello to the insurance adjuster. They aren’t there for friendly conversations. Their role as guardian of the company coffers discourages talks about anything other than you, your car, and whether you were at fault. The adjustor holds the keys to your accident compensation and they don’t relinquish payments on a whim. That’s not a bad thing-it’s one way they keep your premiums down. Compensation delays can wreak havoc on your life, especially if you’re injured or your car isn’t drivable. You have rights! Yes, you have legal rights to accident compensation after a car crash. We’ve put together a few ways you can make sure you protect your rights after you have an accident. Don’t wait until you’re wrapped up with an insurance adjuster. Read our tips now and get the compensation you deserve! It’s Not Your Fault Too often people accept blame at the scene of auto accidents. They may not do it deliberately but they start talking and soon enough they’ve admitted fault. Chaos reigns in the initial moments after an accident. And it’s in those moments that drivers are most vulnerable and say things they shouldn’t. You may be at fault and it may be obvious that you are the one who caused the accident. The other driver might get in your face and accuse you of causing the accident. No...
A Brief Guide on What to Do After a Car Accident Injury

A Brief Guide on What to Do After a Car Accident Injury

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, you know how it can leave you shaken. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up on what to do after a car accident injury ahead of time. If it ever happens to you, you’ll be prepared! What To Do After a Car Accident Injury Even if you haven’t sustained an obvious injury, it’s important to take these steps as preventative measures. Some injuries, like whiplash and back injuries, might not be apparent immediately but will cause you untold pain and suffering down the line. 1. Safety First Assess the scene immediately to make sure everyone is safe. Call an ambulance if necessary. Next, turn on your flashers or set up flares surrounding the accident site to prevent additional motorists from getting hurt. 2. Do Not Argue About Whose Fault It Was In fact, it’s best not to discuss the accident at all, except to give your statement to the police. Don’t let the other driver engage you in a debate about what happened. 3. Exchange Information The only words you should speak to anyone else involved in the accident should concern their personal contact information — name, address, telephone number — and insurance information. Get the license plate number of their car, too. 4. Speak to Witnesses If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their contact details, too. If your case ends up going to trial, you might need these people to testify on your behalf. Even if a trial isn’t the outcome, the police may want to speak with them. 5. Contact...
What Happens If You Are Injured on a Bus or Hit by a Bus?

What Happens If You Are Injured on a Bus or Hit by a Bus?

Being hit by a bus or injured on one during your daily commute is a terrifying moment. You’ll need to follow a few steps immediately to make sure you’re safe and you receive treatment for any injuries. But you also need to follow a few best practices to protect your rights and hold the responsible party accountable for the accident. If you’re injured on a bus or hit by a bus, follow the steps below. Contact Emergency Services Your safety and other passengers’ safety are the immediate priorities following a bus accident. The driver should contact emergency services immediately, but if the driver doesn’t or can’t, call 911. Since buses are larger than many vehicles on the road and carry several passengers who are either standing during a collision or sitting without seat belts, a high likelihood of injuries can occur with these events. Document the Accident If you can, take notes about the events leading up to the accident. You should also take photos if safe to do so and collect the contact information of any witnesses. An attorney can help you gather other evidence, such as the police report, to help document the accident. Get Medical Attention Regardless of how you feel after a bus accident, seek medical attention. Even if you don’t feel hurt, you may have been injured, and the symptoms may not have presented themselves yet. When you visit a doctor, you’ll also get an official medical report. Documenting the extent of your injuries and demonstrating that you did seek medical attention are vital to securing compensation for injuries you experienced following a bus...
What to Do If You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

What to Do If You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

Being hit by another driver is a terrifying moment, and if alcohol was involved, it can be even more difficult to know how you should proceed. You’ll need to file an insurance claim just like you would in any other accident, but you should also consider working with an attorney. A specialist who is familiar with the laws in your state can help you navigate your insurance policy, seek a settlement from the other party’s insurance, and, if needed, take your case to court. Follow these steps if you’re in an accident involving a drunk driver. Call the Police You’re required to call the police and report an accident in certain situations, such as if a personal injury occurs or there is significant property damage. Regardless of the requirements in your state, however, having police on the scene can help you get insurance information and communicate with the other driver and witnesses. If alcohol is involved, the police report and the officer’s testimony will be vital evidence when you file a claim. Take Notes and File an Insurance Claim Once you’ve confirmed that everyone is safe and you’ve called the police, gather information about the accident. This should include taking photos of the damage and collecting contact information from the other driver and any available witnesses. You should also note the road conditions, the stop lights and other road signs you followed, and the other driver’s condition. You can then report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurer will provide compensation for repairs to your vehicle, medical expenses, and other related costs. Your insurance company will charge the...