The roads of the United States are not always safe. From a combination of drunk drivers (DUI), distracted drivers (those looking away from the road), bad weather conditions, and more, it is common for vehicles to go out of control and have a collision with other vehicles, bicyclists, or pedestrians, whether in urban or rural road systems, and when this happens, such as after truck accidents, a personal injury lawyer may be a victim’s best route to finding financial compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company, and trying to navigate the law or a court room alone can be difficult. But with personal injury law firms offering experienced lawyers who can handle these cases, a victim of drunk driving or another incident can get the compensation and settlement they want.
Hazards of the Road
Various factors can play into the existing rates of Americans become injured on the road every year. For example, drugs and alcohol are involved in about 16% of all motor vehicle crashes, and a person with a high enough blood alcohol content (BAC) is impaired and cannot coordinate their driving or react to sudden developments fast enough to avoid a collision. In the year 2015 alone, around 1.1 million drivers were arrested due to driving while under the influence or narcotics or alcohol, and unfortunately, many people are also killed by drunk or drug-addled drivers, including those who are riding motorcycles or are merely pedestrians in urban areas. In 2013, for example, 14% of all traffic fatalities and 4% of all people injured on the road were motorcyclists, and often, pedestrians get hit too, and pedestrians aged 65 or over made up an entire 19% of those killed by reckless or drunk drivers in 2015. What else can cause these problems? Often, a distracted driver can be just as deadly as a drunk one, and a person is distracted if he or she is looking at a handheld device such as a smart phone, or using the car’s radio or other features instead of watching where they are going. Bad weather can also make driving more dangerous and lead to collision and injury. Heavy snow or rain can reduce visibility as well as make the roads slick, and even drivers who are not drunk or distracted can lose control of their vehicles. Whatever the reason, once a car collision has happened, an injured survivor can contact a personal injury law firm and find a personal injury lawyer to represent them in litigation or a court case against the at-fault party.
What To Do After a Crash
The survivor of a car crash will probably want settlement money and try to get it in a court case or simple litigation (around 95-96% of personal injury cases get settled before a trial). A person attempting this alone may have a lot of trouble proceeding, however. To begin with, the car crash victim is likely in a highly emotional or confused state, and this person will not be able to see things clearly or rationally, or assemble a coherent case on their own. Instead, a personal injury lawyer will be clear-headed and objective, and this will allow them to step back and examine the entire situation, and use the law to build a case. The financial impact may also be beyond the victim’s calculations. If a personal injury disables the victim and will prevent him or her from performing paying work in the future, this financial impact can be huge and tricky to calculate, so a personal injury lawyer will be the best person to handle this job.
During the litigation or court case (if it comes to that), a personal injury lawyer will help his or her client with a number of obstacles that could shut down a client acting alone. If the at-fault party’s insurance company acts in bad faith and refuses to pay all or even any of the settlement money, a lawyer alone will know how to overcome this and keep the case moving forward. Also, the case could become complicated if multiple parties are involved, and someone without legal representation may not be able to handle assigning blame and distributing settlement money, while a lawyer can indeed take care of that.