Car collisions are likely one of the more frightening experiences that a person may experience on a given basis. In fact, daily people are being injured or killed as a result of these tragic happenings. According to recent statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the first quarter of 2013 (January-April), there were over 7,200 deaths from motor vehicle accidents of some sort.
With so many deaths in just a matter of months, the number of injuries is often times much greater. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that on a daily basis, there is an average of at least one thousand people who are injured in motor vehicle accidents around the country. In the event that you have been injured, or you have a lost a loved one in an accident cause by the wrongful acts of another person, don't hesitate to take legal action. Contact an experienced Alaska personal injury lawyer at Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC today for more information.
What should I do after a car accident?
If you were involved in a car accident, and are able to safely move around, be certain to document the accident to the fullest extent. This means taking pictures of the scene of the collision, your car and theirs, get pictures of license plate numbers, exchange all important information and take detailed notes of what happened while it is still fresh on your mind. The information you want to collect from the other driver(s) involved will include driver's license number, plate number, insurance details, their contact information and full name. At the time of the incident, be sure to note any injuries that you are aware of. Does your back or neck hurt? Do you have wounds on your body? Even simple discomforts can turn into health issues down the road, so it is essential that you document these things.
How do you determine fault in a car accident?
When seeking to prove fault in a car accident, it all comes down to who was careless in their actions. Negligence means that the driver was distracted with their phone, drunk while behind the wheel or perhaps driving recklessly. Whatever the case may be, if the person who caused the accident was doing something that violates any of the traffic laws or simply places other people in danger, then they may be considered liable (responsible) for the accident. In order to prove negligence in your accident, you will need to prove: that the driver is responsible by law to drive carefully, their actions were not careful, and their actions resulted in any form of damages or injury.
If I was rear-ended in a crash, can I be considered liable?
In the majority of car accident situations, if you were hit from behind, the accident will be the fault of the driver behind you, no matter the reasons for you stopping. The common rules of the road encourage drivers to stay as far behind the car in front of them so that there is room to stop in case of a sudden slow-down in traffic. If the driver behind you still hits your car, they were driving unreasonably close to you and will be considered at fault for the collision.
Can both drivers be considered at fault, even if I was the one injured?
Comparative negligence is what the court considers as having the victim of the accident also being partially at fault for the collision. If this is the case, the victim may still be able to receive some form of compensation for the accident, though less than they would if it were the fault of the other driver entirely. The state of Alaska, among others, allows for the plaintiff to receive recovery for the damages of the accident, as long as the court finds that they are not responsible for the actual injury. If this is the case, then they may be able to receive up to 65% of the damages claimed in the accident.
When a car and a bike collide, who will be considered at fault for the accident?
Bicycles are considered a method of transportation and are therefore required to follow the laws of the road as a vehicle would. When an accident occurs between a cyclist and a car, the court will determine the fault of the parties based on the degree their followed the laws of the road and their negligence. For example, if a bicyclist decided to run a red light and then an oncoming car from the other direction hit him, then it is likely that the court will deem the cyclist as the responsible party, therefore preventing him from recovering damages from the driver even though the driver technically hit the bike.
Should I hire an attorney after an accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident of some sort and were injured, having a skilled legal professional on your side is in your best interest. At our firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients recover the damages for their property and injury after their accidents, in the amount that they deserve. By calling a trusted Anchorage personal injury attorney at Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC, you can trust that your case will be fought for diligently. Contact us today for more information!
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