Someone is driving down the road. They are driving within the speed limit. They are staying between the lanes. They are obeying other traffic laws, such as using turn signals. Their brake lights are up to par. They are keeping their eyes on the road. They are, in effect, being a perfect driver.
Another car pulls up. They are weaving within the lanes bit by bit. They are not using turn signals. Their brake lights are fine and the car seems to be running smoothly. But the driver continues to weave within the lane–and now starting to weave outside of it. Then the unthinkable happens.
There’s a collision and both cars skid off the road. The driver who has been weaving is knocked unconscious. The driver who has been driving perfectly, with a perfectly working car, is knocked to the side. She knows there are injuries.
When the police officers arrive, she wants to know answers. Why was the other driver weaving a little in and out of the lane? The police officers tell her the other driver was negligent. And it was in one of the following ways.
Drinking, texting, and speeding are the most common causes of car accidents in the United States.
Drinking often results in impaired driving, with loss of cognitive focus, inability to perceive distance in space, inability to react to situations that need a quick response. Even drinking below the blood-alcohol-concentration limit that states dictate hurts innocent people.
Distracted driving (otherwise known as texting and driving) leads to further harm as well. Distracted driving, unfortunately, is more than just text nowadays. Browsing the Internet on your phone, checking email on the phone, even watching movie clips on your phone, all result in lack of perception of the road and those around it.
Distracted driving eventually became such an ill that municipalities and states passed laws against distracted driving. Anyone with their phone out while driving was, hypothetically, issued a citation. This after a recent string of high profile cases brought the problem of distracted driving to light.
Speeding is the third most common cause of car accidents in the United States. Even though the person in the original situation was not speeding, many people do, and their recklessness endangers their fellow drivers and any other pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Speeding demands a person be able to react quickly to situations, which they might not be able to. They may misjudge a turn or an open lane and be penalized (and penalize others) with a collision. This leads to injuries, citations, and lawsuits. Which we are getting to now.
Finding a personal injury lawyer, a subset of which are called an auto accident attorney or car accident attorney, happens when an individual, who is not at fault in an automobile accident (or some other accident), wishes to file a claim to recoup the financial and emotional burden the car accident has wrought on him or her and their family.
Attorneys can help for several reasons. First, they are most equipped to understand local, state, and federal law to see how your case may fare. He or she will also go through all the facts in your case to determine what kind of compensation you can amass from the trial. Often, they will do this work pro bono (for free, and paid only if you win).
The answers to these questions may lie in a lawsuit or whether you should seek out attorneys:
- Was I at fault in the car accident or other personal injury case?
- Have I amassed medical bills due to injuries and treatment from the car accident?
- Am I traumatized from the car accident and in need of compensation for emotional damages?
- Are other people at fault–the manufacturer of the car for instance?
- Will I stand to gain financially or at least recoup the costs of the medical bills?
Many of these questions are designed to have you think about your possible lawsuit and whether or not you want to have one. They will give you a barometer before seeking attorneys to handle your claim, any one of which can win you a large settlement. Attorneys will ask many of these same questions too, in order to see how to proceed with your case.