Car accidents are a frightening experience to go through, no matter how minor the collision is. Our bodies naturally panic in moments like this; however, it is important to keep a cool head and pay close attention to your surroundings. In the event that you are injured in a car accident, you will need to prove the liability of the responsible party in order to receive repayment from those responsible for both your physical damage and your property damage. The most important thing to realize after an accident is that you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, this is why hiring a Shreveport injury attorney at
Simmons, Morris & Carroll, LLC is so important. Here are a few things to consider when dealing with a car accident and trying to determine who is liable for the accident.
First off, when determining liability the most obvious factor is that it was caused by a driver who was bring in some way careless or negligent while behind the wheel. Perhaps they were too busy eating their breakfast,
texting their friend, checking their work emails, or
speeding and they did not realize your car? The possibilities are endless, however if you can prove that they hold at least the majority of the responsibility then the victim who is less responsible may still be able to receive some form of compensation for the accident.
As the injured person, if you were in an area that you were not supposed to be, the driver would hold only part of the responsibility because they did not expect you to be there. In the event that you as the driver were also careless, this category is called "comparative negligence" in which both parties share the blame for the accident. In some cases, another party may also be responsible for the accident. For example, if you were working in a construction zone and your coworker made a stupid error that causes you to be injured, not only could they be held accountable but also your employer. In some cases, if you are hurt on a property or by a faulty device, then the property owner or manufacture may also be held responsible for your injury.
Your own actions will affect your claim; though they may not prevent entirely having you obtain some compensation for your injury. As stated, as long as you are not at as much of a fault as the other drives, you may be able to fight. Due to the complicating process that this is, contacting an attorney with car accident claims is absolutely essential. Contact our firm today for the experienced legal representation you deserve on your side!