Overview of Car Accident Law

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Accident Law

Metal and science on four wheels, that what my personal definition about personal cars. And the amount of fuss and time cars save us every day is uncountable. Though cars cause a lot of pollution, it is still an unavoidable element of our daily life.

But nothing has unmixed blessings on earth. And cars are no different from them. Besides all other minor problems, car accidents are the main disadvantage. Every day, every hour and every minute car accidents are occurring. Sometimes these accidents are fatal and causing serious injuries.

What to Do after a Car Accident

After you had a car accident, you might not be in condition to take necessary actions. But if you can then go through the following steps:

  • Call 911. And wait till the police and ambulance arrives.
  • If you are not seriously injured then try to help other victims (if any).
  • Don’t flee the site of accident, even if you are at fault.
  • Write down about everything happened at the accident.
  • Try to find witnesses who can verify it.
  • Get a car accident attorney to file a case and deal with it.

Basic Penalties According to Accident Law

  1. Expired or no license may lead to large amount of cash penalties. Always keep a legal driver’s license.
  2. Hit and run case penalties can cost you US$1000 or even more if someone got injured. Some courts sentence prison time with that also. So never flee a site of accident.
  3. If you are found partially at negligence for the accident then you will be charged according to your role in the accident.
  4. Driving under influence (DUI), of any drugs or alcohol may lead to 5-6 years of prison time along with cash penalties.
  5. Killing someone with a road accident can lead to lifetime imprisonment if direct evidences are found. Don’t forget that cash penalties will be added with it also.

How Your Attorney Will Help You

The penalties mentioned above can cost you a lot more than money. So get an attorney like I told you earlier. Your attorney will:

  1. Collect evidence and necessary info about your case.
  2. File your case in the court.
  3. Arrange a negotiation with the defendant.
  4. Get you damage recovery for the accident.
  5. Defend you even if you confess the crime to him/her.

Lawrence J. Peter once said that, “Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” So the one thing you must do in any cases like this is to keep calm.

Author: Charles Riney

7 Comments
  1. Gary Shrimmer

    February 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    An automobile accident brings with it a host of questions. Who is at fault? Who pays for damage to my car? Am I entitled to a rental car? Who will pay for my medical bills? Can I ask the insurance company to reimburse me for lost wages? An experienced injury attorney can be extremely helpful in negotiating the often chaotic and confusing world of insurance claims and settlements.

  2. Doluc

    February 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Because most injury attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, and only get paid if there is a successful resolution to your claim, there is often little incentive to try to handle these types of claims on your own. Lastly, a good attorney will typically accept your case on a contingency or “no win-no fee” basis if the attorney feels your case has any merit, so it’s important to check the attorney’s standard fee structure. Before speaking with a car accident lawyer, you should have as much detailed information and facts about the car accident and any injuries or financial losses as possible. Documents you may wish to show your attorney after a motor vehicle accident may include your insurance policy, information exchanged at the accident scene, and medical records, among other things. Below are some of the questions you should ask before hiring a car accident lawyer.

  3. Rexx

    February 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Many automobile accidents are low impact, or under 10 miles per hour and cause only minor property damage. In a sizable number of these cases, however, the occupants may complain of various injuries from neck and back strains to more serious spinal or joint problems. Most of these victims face considerable opposition to their injury claims from skeptical insurance adjusters and defense attorneys. Few people will dispute the great forces involved in a high-speed automobile collision, but these forces also apply in low-speed impacts. A typical automobile weighs about 2,000 pounds, so a collision at 10 miles per hour will result in an average impact force of about 3.7 tons. A larger vehicle of about 3,000 pounds, colliding at 10 miles per hour, will produce an average impact force of about 5.6 tons, a significant blow to an occupant’s neck and back.

  4. G.Leon

    February 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Victims in rear-end collisions are also at risk regardless of the speed of the impact, based on reliable car crash studies, grounded on a principle known as “magnification of acceleration.” This means that the occupants of the car will accelerate much faster than the car being impacted and so will absorb much of the force involved — over 5 tons worth in the example given above. An experienced automobile accidents attorney should be consulted for more information.

  5. F.Fisher

    February 18, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Documented tests demonstrate that low-impact accidents can affect the soft tissues in a person’s neck or back, such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Elderly persons or those in poor physical condition who may have preexisting injuries in these areas are more susceptible to these types of injuries from impacts even at low speeds. A skilled PI attorney should be able to convince a jury or insurer if these circumstances exist in your case.

  6. Cindy F

    February 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    A soft tissue sprain produces a partial or complete tear. The occupant’s position in the car, the use of head restraints, or whether the head was rotated all affect the extent of the injury. In a rear impact, the occupant’s neck and back are first thrown backward and then forward, forcing the body to stretch unnaturally, so the person may feel the effects of the injuries for months. In some cases, an injured party will have chronic pain that lasts for years. Data on impacts and injuries are collected by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.

  7. Skynyrd

    February 20, 2014 at 12:20 am

    If you’ve recently been in an auto accident, you may be concerned about working with insurance companies, recovering from any injuries you suffered, and repairing your car. But if you were the victim in an automobile accident, you should also be thinking about whether an auto accident lawyer can help you recover money to pay your accident-related bills and compensate you for pain and suffering. All auto-accident victims may be able to recover money from the other driver, the owner of the car, and even the driver’s employer to pay for the damage to your car, your current and future medical bills, and any permanent injuries you may have suffered. You may even be able to get punitive damages, which are designed to punish the other driver for his or her action.

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