Car accidents claim thousands of lives every year in addition to causing injury to over 2 million people each year in the United States. Unfortunately, the frequency of accident-related injuries leaves many victims with serious financial troubles compounded by unnecessary pain and suffering. The vast majority of these accidents could have easily been avoided had the responsible drivers simply paid more attention or exercised more caution behind the wheel.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, we firmly believe that victims should be supported after suffering the consequences arising from the reckless or negligent actions of another driver. Far too often, people do not consider the effect their behavior may have on others; this is especially true with driving. Whether the accident was caused by speeding, failing to observe a safe following distance, texting or using other phone apps and in-vehicle devices, or driving under the influence, the responsible party should be held accountable for injuries they cause.
There are many reasons that car accidents occur, both within your control and outside of it. Many car accidents are caused by the following:
- Distracted and inattentive driving – In many crashes, the driver at fault simply fails to pay adequate attention to the road and causes the collision. These errors are not reckless, but still deserve accountability. Many more injuries are occurring due to the distraction caused by cell phones. The average time a driver takes their eyes of the road while texting is 5 seconds. At 55mph, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field.
- Reckless driving - A person injured because of someone else’s reckless driving behavior may need immediate medical attention, which can often result in a long-term financial burden, particularly if the injured person must miss time from work. Emergency care can be particularly expensive. In many cases, severe injuries can call for surgery or other treatments that require extensive recovery time.
- Speeding - A person driving above the posted speed limit may put other motorists and pedestrians around them in danger of sustaining serious injuries from a collision. These speeding accidents can lead to severe injuries that may require emergency medical treatment, often at significant expense.
- Drunk driving - Alcohol and drug intoxication can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to operate a car or motorcycle. These substances can slow a person’s reaction time, cause a lack of focus, impair decision making, and lead to other dangerous and reckless behaviors.
- Mechanical defects or malfunctions - While some mechanical errors or defects cause problems that pose little or no threat to the driver or passengers of a vehicle, some can have a profound impact on the safety of motorists. For example, an airbag might fail to deploy or a seat back mechanism might fail in the course of impact. Motorists may wish to consider the legal options available to them if they wish to take action against the manufacturer or mechanic who is responsible for their injuries.
What to do when YOU’RE IN A CAR ACCIDENT?
If you are injured in an accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver or other responsible party, you may need the guidance of an experienced lawyer to help you navigate unfamiliar legal territory. Handling claims of serious and even minor injuries can be complicated and it involves contact with numerous entities, including insurers, employers, and medical providers. An experienced attorney can help you figure out exactly who is responsible for your injuries and how a claim should be managed from the date of the incident through recovery.
Tips for protecting yourself at the scene
At the scene of the incident, assuming you are physically able to do so, you should contact your local authority. The primary duty of police officers is to protect the public. A police officer can arrive on scene, collect information about the incident, including the identification of the driver at fault and any other witnesses. The police will also determine if the responsible driver has insurance coverage for their vehicle. The circumstances of the collision will then be documented in a police report.
Before the police arrive, if you have contact with the other driver it is best not to discuss the details of the accident. The best practice is to simply and politely check to ensure that you are both okay and to offer an exchange of information.
If the other driver is angry or combative, do not attempt to calm him or her down. Simply contact the police and wait for authorities to arrive in a place that allows you a reasonable distance from the other driver. If you are seriously injured, do not attempt to move unless you’re trapped in your car and there is a fire – simply contact help and wait for it to arrive.
Seek Medical and Professional Help
If you are hurt or seriously injured, your first instinct will be to seek medical attention. You should do so even if you are not feeling any immediate pain, as certain conditions and symptoms may not present themselves right away.
After you receive the proper medical attention, your next step should be to contact a local attorney who handles car accident or vehicular accident cases. You should not wait to contact an attorney, as you will have only a certain amount of time to have a claim resolved if you are not at fault.
How can Habush Help?
If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by another person or party, your pursuit of justice be confusing as well as frustrating. But a person who is injured because of someone else’s mistake or poor judgment does have several legal options. It is important to immediately contact an experienced auto attorney to find out what action you can to take.
The consequences of a crash can be severe, causing one to suffer not only significant inconvenience, but often life-altering injuries or worse. Immediate and ongoing health care following an accident can translate into expenses that quickly exceed tens of thousands of dollars or more and commonly include:
- Emergency room visit
- Subsequent hospital visits
- Follow-up care
- Rehabilitation treatment
- Loss of Work Wages
An experienced lawyer will effectively collect medical records to document these expenses and to assist in finding means of paying bills as a legal claim is pending. Loss of work wages during this time can be calculated. In some cases, physical injuries are the least of a victim’s problems following a car accident injury and those you care for may be jeopardized financially or otherwise. Post-traumatic stress syndrome and stress on your family may also be considered when making a claim for fair compensation.
At Habush Habush & Rottier, our experienced attorneys believe in fighting for respect, fairness, and what is right for our clients. Our team of attorneys will carefully investigate and analyze the circumstances of your accident to help you hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries. No other firm shares the same level of collective experience and legal resources necessary to effectively vindicate and fight for your rights.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another’s mistakes, a legal solution may be available to help ease your financial suffering. To discuss your rights and options, contact the experienced lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874).