Car accidents are perhaps the most frequent form of road accidents everywhere in the world. Probably because cars are the most frequent forms of travel in the post-technological era. If one were to find themselves unfortunate enough to be caught up in such an incident, Mokaram Law Firm has lawyers in various cities to help, including highly competent personal injury lawyers in Houston.
Almost everyone, granted they could afford it, would tell you that they would prefer to travel in a personal vehicle that fit their desires rather than using public transportation with all of its stops and delays along the way.
Now, while car accident claims may be highly frequent, their frequency is also the same reason that these cases might be a little tricky to navigate, which is precisely the reason why we are here to help guide you every step of the way.
Seek Medical Assistance
The first step would be definitely to check for the safety of everyone in the vehicle. Get medical help if necessary. Call an ambulance, make sure everyone is safe, and at the same time determine the severity of injuries sustained.
Document the Crime Scene
Once everyone is safe and receiving the medical care they require, make sure you have enough information and evidence to file the necessary claim. Gather evidence, keep hospital slips, and find a way to document whatever damages may have occurred to the vehicle and how it may have been a potential risk of harm to others et cetera.
Types of Car Accident Claims
There are several different types of car claims that one could file for. Depending, of course, on the circumstances in question and the kind of injuries sustained by the driver and passengers at the time of the accident.
Disclaimer: Obviously, if one was already somehow injured before the accident took place, their injuries can not be used as a basis for any of these claims, unless a medical report confirms that there may have been newer injuries OR that the injuries may have worsened or a recovering wound was to be opened up by the shock caused during the accident.
With that out of the way, let’s get into it.
Once the accident is reported to a legal authority and all the available information is exchanged between the parties involved, a lawyer would help the claimant understand their case and file the necessary legal actions that can be taken to minimize the damages as well as compensate for the injuries caused by the accident. Types of car injury claims may include but are not limited to;
- Poor road conditions; not the driver’s fault and therefore liable to a legal claim for insurance or compensations of some kind
- Driver being too tired to drive; if someone is on their way somewhere and they were to even notice the slightest chance of a driver dozing off, it is pertinent that they ask someone else to drive for a while while the fatigued driver gets some rest. A lawyer can guide you best in this case as it is technically the driver’s fault that they did not make a stop or ask for help.
- Poor weather conditions are also something that are beyond human control and therefore, not your fault. Therefore, one can make an injury claim based on poor weather conditions.
- Mechanical Failures and Vehicle defects that may go undetected during a pre-road hitting examination, may or may not be due to the negligence of a driver. Again, a lawyer can guide you best in this scenario and help you get some sort of compensation if possible.
- Here’s a tricky one: Road Collisions
Now collisions may be of a few different kinds, such as head-on collisions or rear-end collisions, in these cases, getting a legal mediator involved and dealing with it in court can help both parties determine whether either of them was actually at fault or if it was just due to poor road and weather conditions.
- On the other hand, hit-and-run cases are pretty straightforward and easily dealt with, of course, with legal help.
- Of course, in the cases of pedestrian and cycle accidents, the person riding the bicycle is more likely to get hurt and therefore more deserving of medical compensation since the car may have barely gotten a tiny scratch. The same goes for pedestrian accidents, unless one can prove that the pedestrian was at fault and therefore responsible for their own injury, the owner or driver of the car they collided into may have to provide some sort of compensation to them, whether monetary or otherwise.
- A rare but highly dangerous one would be the case of multiple vehicle pile-ups. Now this one can be complicated in so many ways but of course, those who weren’t really at fault would be compensated for their losses or injuries in any way possible.
There are several other forms of car accident claims and if you feel like you may have been in a situation that makes you deserving of some kind of compensation, get in touch with your lawyer and file a car accident claim today.