Getting into a car accident, with no fault of your own, can be a traumatic experience. While your car is going to get damaged in the event of an accident, it’s just as likely that you might get injured as well, or worse. It was reported that in 2015 there were an estimated 32,166 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents.
If you or someone you know has been seriously/fatally injured in a car accident, you should know that insurance isn’t the only form of coverage you should have. In the event of a car accident, you should consider getting yourself a car accident attorney.
A car accident attorney, most notably referred to as a personal injury lawyer, is someone that will provide legal services to those that have been injured, either physically or psychologically, as the result of an accident caused by another liable entity (person, company, organization, etc.). They will support you during a trial against the negligent party, seeking reparations for an accident that has been asserted to be their fault. The types of accidents can vary, but the primary notion is that a car accident attorney can represent you against an accident that brought you harm, all due to the negligence of another party.
You can be supported by a car accident attorney under the conditions that a car accident has taken place that has lead to substantial injuries. Injuries of this type can range from catastrophic physical injury, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death. It should be known that, in Oregon, a vehicle moving in traffic must use a turn signal at least 100 feet before turning or changing lanes. If a serious accident is caused under such conditions, then the driver will be considered at fault.
Commercial Truck Accidents
If you happen to be hit by a commercial truck, or get injured by the irresponsibility of some construction accidents, then you should be able to receive compensation. Under these conditions, the individual who caused the accident will not be the sole party at fault; on the other hand, the company who either owns the truck or runs the construction company will be at equal fault to the driver. Both parties will be responsible for the accident in a case such as this. Thus, you will have to interact with both parties, as they are at fault for some form of negligence.
Approximately 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2015. When driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, you are considered to be a negligent driver, as you are physical and mental responses are impaired. If you are injured by a drunk driver, you have been injured by someone who was impaired while driving; otherwise, someone who acted as a careless driver.
Motorcycles approximately accounted for 14% of all traffic deaths and 4% of all people injured in 2013. Riding a motorcycle can prove to be a dangerous thing, especially when at the will of other negligent drivers, of which are driving larger, four-or-more-wheeled vehicles. In the event of a motorcycle accident, as caused by another vehicle, you deserve reparations for any injury caused out of negligence. A car accident attorney will help ensure that you receive the proper compensation to cover any and all damages caused to you.
Pedestrians Hit by Cars
If you are not in a vehicle and you get hit by a car, you are eligible to receive services from a car accident attorney. As a pedestrian, you have the right-of-way at controlled intersections, marked crosswalks, and sidewalks. If you happen to get hit by a car in any of these places, you are eligible to receive reparations for any injuries caused by the negligence of the assaulting driver. With the defense of a personal injury attorney, you can attempt to receive these rightful fees, sometimes even before having to go to court (as nearly 95% of personal injury cases end up being settled out of court, pretrial).