Car Accident

A personal injury claim is a lawsuit a person files because they’ve been injured as a result of the negligence of another person or a company. These injuries are often physical — such as a back or neck injury suffered in a car crash — but may also refer to psychological, emotional, and financial harm. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million people each year receive medical care for accidental injuries. Personal injury cases arise for many reasons, with car accidents, slip and falls, product liability, and medical malpractice representing the most common types of personal injury claims. 

Auto collisions sit atop of the list of the most common types of personal injury cases. The judicial system can hold a careless driver responsible for producing the injuries that resulted from a car crash. Camera footage from the scene of an auto collision might demonstrate careless driving, especially if the incident took place at a busy intersection. Local, state and federal transportation agencies also can be held legally liable for a car crash. Poor road maintenance, lack of warning signs and insufficient lighting can be the causes of an auto collision that a government agency must answer for in a courtroom.

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  • CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles
  • INDIANA: Evansville and New Albany
  • ILLINOIS: Southern Illinois
  • MISSOURI: St. Louis
  • NEW YORK: New York City
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Hilton Head
  • WEST VIRGINIA: Charleston
  • Washington, DC: DC Metro Area

A serious car crash can cause life-changing physical and emotional injuries with devastating consequences on home life, career and finances. Recovering adequate compensation for damages can be far from straightforward, even if another is clearly at fault for the crash. 

A car crash lawyer’s first task is to determine whether the client has a case against another driver or another liable party. Getting hurt in a car crash does not necessarily give your client the right to sue. The other party in the collision must have caused the accident carelessly or deliberately for your client to have legal recourse. Some collisions are far from clear-cut, especially when several vehicles are involved. A lawyer will examine the circumstances of their client’s collision and may retain investigators or accident reconstruction professionals to understand a complicated collision. 

If your client got hurt in a car wreck recently and are unsure whether they qualify for compensation, our car crash lawyers can advise your client and aid in moving the claim forward.

Your client can take crucial steps to protect their legal rights after a car crash, including consulting a doctor and gathering evidence regarding the accident and their damages. However, the most important step could be contacting a car accident attorney as soon as possible after getting hurt in a car crash. 

An experienced car accident attorney at Morgan & Morgan can work on protecting your client’s rights and building a comprehensive case right away. They can:

  • Determine the facts of your client’s accident
  • Identify the liable party or parties in your client’s car crash
  • Communicate with the insurance company
  • Secure a fair settlement 
  • Present your client’s case strongly and passionately at trial

Common Car Accident Injuries

If your client suffered the following common car accident injuries or others, a car accident lawyer could help collect damages. 

Proving Negligence in a Car Accident

To receive compensation, your client will have to provide the necessary evidence showing the negligence of the other party. The four elements of a personal injury case include:

  1. The other driver owed your client a duty of care
  2. They breached the duty by, for example, driving dangerously
  3. The breach of duty directly caused the accident and your client’s injury
  4. Your client has damages (medical bills, pain and suffering, or others)

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most accidents happen due to driver negligence or error. Negligent driving behaviors include, among others:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Violating traffic laws
  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs
  • Driving recklessly and dangerously

Proving negligence of another driver can be a challenge. However, our car accident attorneys know how to prove your case and gather the evidence needed. We have dedicated our lives to fighting for the compensation injured victims and their families need to go on with their lives.

Our attorneys have helped countless accident victims recover costs for their present and future medical treatments and other expenses. We can:

Time Limitations on Car Accident Cases

How long your client can sue after a car accident largely depends on the state your client lives in and whom they intend to sue. The time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits vary from one state to another. In Tennessee, Louisiana, and Kentucky, for example, accident victims typically only have one short year to file a lawsuit. Maine is on the other end of the spectrum. Most other states fall somewhere in between these extremes. 

However, the time limits to file a suit could be lengthened or shortened due to various factors. For example, if your client intends to sue a government body, some states require filing notice within 30 or 60 days after your injury. Missing deadlines can make it difficult or impossible for your client to get justice and receive compensation.

Attorney review by:
  • Mary Kate Moran

Mary Moran received her JD at FAMU College of Law. While in law school Ms. Moran began working with Morgan and Morgan as a litigation assistant and paralegal. She is honored to continue to fight for those in need as an attorney with Morgan and Morgan.