After Motor Vehicle Accident Injury, Get the Money You Deserve.
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury claims in the U.S. Speed is often a factor. One in five drivers surveyed admitted, “I try to get where I am going as fast as I can.” Speeding-related deaths nationwide account for nearly a third of all traffic fatalities each year, taking close to 10,000 lives, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been injured in a car accident, you can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and related expenses from either your car insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company, depending on who was at fault. Consulting with an attorney soon after an accident can get your case going in the right direction without delay.
Who Files The Claim For A Motor Vehicle Accident?
Motor vehicle accident claims usually arise from one of the parties involved in an accident. Failure to obey the rules and regulations of the road is considered negligence. When the person responsible for causing the accident is determined to have been negligent, he or she may be liable for damages. In a lawsuit, the injured person who brings a claim is the plaintiff and the negligent party is the defendant.
What to do if you are in an accident: Be sure to call the police and report the accident. If it is unclear who is at fault, consult with an attorney to get help determining who is accountable. Your lawyer may use evidence such as the police report, a review of state traffic laws and witness testimony. Factors to be taken into consideration may include evidence of a driver’s wrongdoing, such as:
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Driving under the influence
- Reckless driving
- Disregarding the weather and not driving appropriately for the conditions
The negligent party may be required to compensate the other person for injuries and related losses, including property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured, work closely with one of our attorneys at BMCQ Law. We can help you bring an effective claim or lawsuit to bring relief and justice.
If a negligent driver was not insured or did not have enough insurance to cover your losses, you may pursue relief through your own underinsured/uninsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, if included in your policy.
What Happens When Accidents Are Not Caused By The Drivers Involved?
In some cases, accidents may be out of the driver’s control. An automobile accident may be caused due to a defect of the vehicle. This may put the liability of the accident in the hands of the manufacturer or supplier for the injuries and damages caused. This falls under the law of product liability.
In other cases, the government may be liable. These cases occur if there are poorly maintained roads, malfunctioning traffic symbols, construction, signs, poor lighting and poorly placed utility poles or trees. However, specific rules apply when the government is involved; it can be difficult, but is not necessarily impossible, to bring a claim against a government entity.
Put Your Case In Trustworthy Hands.
Our law firm has built a strong reputation in Albany, New York, since 1925. We have extensive experience in protecting individuals who have been involved in automobile accident cases. If you or a loved one has been in an accident that has caused damages or injuries, it’s imperative that you know your legal rights. We have the necessary skills and experience to help you make a compelling claim for compensation. At Buckley, Mendleson, Criscione, and Quinn, P.C., we are knowledgeable about all aspects of personal injury and motor vehicle accidents, including traffic laws, motor vehicle safety regulations and determining who holds liability. Call 518-430-0026 to request a free consultation.