Injuries from Auto & Truck Accidents
Failure to use reasonable care while operating a motor vehicle constitutes negligence. Determining who was at fault in an auto accident means figuring out who was negligent, and thus responsible for causing the accident. A finding of negligence is often based on the operator’s failure to obey traffic signs or signals, failure to signal when turning, failure to follow the speed limit, driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or violation of some other law. Collisions caused by hit and run drivers can still lead to claims, even if the driver of the car who caused the crash is not identified.
While car crashes comprise a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, it would be wrong to think that they are always simple to resolve. They often involve extremely complex issues of evidence and insurance law, which the lawyers at the Williamson Law Firm have considerable experience dealing with. If you have been injured in a car, truck, tractor trailer, motor- cycle or other motor vehicle accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, and it was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, payment or reimbursement of reasonable medical expenses incurred or which will be incurred in the future, and lost wages.
What to Do When You Have a Car Accident:
- Try to obtain as much information as possible about the vehicles involved in the accident and the driver’s name, address and license number, as well as the owner’s name and address, including their insurance company and coverage information.
- Make note of the direction and position of the vehicles, the weather at the time of the accident, the time of day and lighting conditions, and names and addresses of any witnesses. Make sure the police are aware of any traffic violations the other operator committed.
- If you are injured, get medical attention promptly. Although it is not uncommon for symptoms to surface several days later, it is important when you seek medical attention to provide the medical staff with an accurate history of the accident and all of the body parts which are causing pain.
- As soon as possible, notify your insurance agent or insurance company about the accident. You have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company. However, know your own insurance company may have interests which conflict with yours.
- It is also a very good idea to obtain photographs of all vehicles involved, as well as visible injuries and location of the accident, including any defects in the road or blocked or obstructed traffic signals. Contact a lawyer promptly to determine further rights and responsibilities arising from your accident. You should not offer statements to insurance company representatives or investigators without first understanding your rights.