There are many people who do not have a driver’s license and rely on others to drive them to where they need to be. This may be a family member, friend, or taxi. Generally, they do not consider the idea of being involved in an accident before getting into the vehicle. However, it is important to always be cautious of other drivers before agreeing to drive with them, even if you know them well. This is because if a driver is negligent behind the wheel, they can cause dangerous accidents that result in serious injuries. If you were injured at the expense of another driver, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney.
What to Do After an Accident
After an accident takes place, it is important to be calm and take the proper steps to take care of yourself. Most importantly, medical attention should be sought immediately to tend to any injuries. In addition to this, law enforcement should be contacted to draft an official police report regarding the incident. Pictures of the wreck should also be taken and witness information should be gathered. All this information can be used to build a case for negligence against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident.
While it is not the only cause, negligence is a common cause of car accidents. When this happens, injured victims often want to hold the driver liable for suffering. This can be done with a personal injury claim in which you are required to prove negligence. To do this, the injured party must show that the driver’s behavior directly caused the accident and their injuries. Different types of negligence that can cause an accident can include the following:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may be eligible to receive compensation. This exists to provide coverage for damages related to the accident so that the injured party does not have to worry about these costs. As these victims often suffer both physically and emotionally, they are able to receive both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover financial burdens such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and home assistance. Non-economic damages cover non-financial burdens such as emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more.
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.