Being involved in any type of car accident is a scary and unnerving experience that is likely to leave those impacted feeling shaken and suffering physical and mental harm. Even a seemingly minor fender bender can result in an individual suffering painful injuries and incurring hefty medical and repair costs. In cases where a car accident and any resulting injuries are the result of another driver’s negligent acts, it’s important to know how to proceed.
During 2013 alone, The Office of Highway Safety Planning reported that, throughout the state of Michigan, there were nearly 290,000 motor vehicle accidents that were reported to police officials. As a result of these numerous crashes, 71,031 people were injured and 951 killed. These significant numbers translate into one motor vehicle accident injury every seven minutes and 24 seconds and an average of more than two fatalities per day. When dealing with injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, the stakes are high and an individual’s entire life can literally change in a matter of seconds.
In cases where an injured party decides to take legal action against a driver believed to be negligent in causing a crash or collision, he or she must be able to prove that the accused party failed “to use reasonable care” while operating a motor vehicle. Evidence including any police accident reports, witness statements and driver citations are critical in helping prove that a driver acted in a negligent manner that directly contributed to an accident and an individual’s resulting injuries.
In some cases, a driver may be accused of failing to obey traffic laws related to speed limits or yielding to the right-of-way. In other cases, a driver may be cited for failing to adjust driving behaviors to account for inclement weather and dangerous road conditions. Many other motor vehicle accidents result when a driver makes the decision to get behind the wheel of a car or truck after drinking.
Individuals who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident would be wise to contact an attorney who handles personal injury matters. An attorney will advocate on one’s behalf and fight to win compensation to account for expenses related to medical care, lost wages and disability.
Source: FindLaw.com, “Car Accident Basics,” 2015