The range of types of car accidents stretches widely. In contrast, the choice of claims available to file against the insurance company or the other driver involved in the accident is rather limited – there is a set list of violations concerning car accidents and financial compensations obtained as a result of those. An accident attorney specializing in this field will likely provide additional information and advice matching your individual situation.
The most common and, at the same time, the least demanding in terms of investigation are cases of negligence. This means that the other party involved in the car accident has failed to act with reasonable care, as thus caused a collision or a different incident, which has resulted in non-significant or significant damage to the car. The initial phase of preparing to filing a lawsuit against the other driver and their insurance company, if he or she is affiliated with one, is conducting an investigation aimed at collecting essential evidence, which could be used in court to determine the fault of the other party. At this point, the attorney is already involved in the case and cooperates with the plaintiff’s insurance company, joining forces to make sure all aspects of the case are examined and covered sufficiently. Usually, there is a vast variety of people hiding under the broad term of negligence, such as reckless drivers, drivers under influence of alcohol and drugs, reckless drivers or bicycle drivers and pedestrians. In case of a wrongful death lawsuit, where the car accident has proven to be fatal, it is the family of the victim who claims their loved one lost their life as a result of the other involved party’s actions. It is necessary for the attorney and the insurance company representatives to collect and present strong evidence which would let the family prove their case without the need for witness or personal accounts.
If a car accident was the result of a manufacturing defect which led to injuries sustained by the victim, the accident attorney has a task of gathering evidence that could prove the manufacturer’s fault and make the representatives of the company liable for the event. The attorney also has to show that the defect appeared during the process of manufacturing. Oftentimes, additional expert testimonies are required to determine whether the defect appeared while or was caused by exploiting the vehicle, or was already present during the manufacturing process. Typical cases aiming at proving the manufacturer’s fault include defects involving brakes, seatbelts, engines, accelerators and defective tires.