What Kind Of Car Wreck Can You Sue For?
If you’ve been in a car accident, a lawsuit is a way to receive compensation to pay for vehicle damages, medical bills, lost income and more. But when is a lawsuit an option? Learning about car accident lawsuits can be difficult, which is why the car wreck attornies at Ornelas & Serna Law are here to help.
The Other Driver is at Fault
This is the most important criteria for a lawsuit. If the wreck occurred due to the other driver’s negligence, they are at fault and their car insurance should compensate you for any damages. While fault is often obvious, the general criteria to determine fault include:
- The other driver did not drive safely
- Their driving caused the accident
- You incurred injuries and/or financial loss due to the accident
Call Ornelas & Serna Law for a free consultation to evaluate your case and determine if you should file a suit.
Sometimes, the fault of the accident is disputed. In this case, you should hire a car accident lawyer immediately to fight for you and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Making a Claim
If you are injured in a car accident, you should receive compensation for medical bills. Even in a minor accident, bills can add up. Things you should include in your claim for compensation are:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Ongoing medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
After making a claim for the cost of any of these that apply, the other driver’s insurance company should offer compensation. Insurance companies sometimes don’t offer full compensation, requiring negotiations to reach a settlement. At this point, it’s best to have a personal injury lawyer help you negotiate and possibly file a suit for compensation.
Not every car wreck is caused by a negligent driver. You can still sue for personal injuries if an outside force caused the accident. For example, a defect in your vehicle may result in a suit against the manufacturer, and a dangerous flaw in the road may be a cause to sue a government agency.
Injured? Contact Ornelas & Serna Law.
If you’re unsure of the next steps after a car accident, count on the personal injury experts at Ornelas & Serna Law to find the best path forward and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.