Were you injured in an auto accident? Millions of people are involved in car crashes every year. An auto accident may leave you with medical bills, a damaged car, and lost wages from time spent recovering in the hospital at home.
Fortunately, there may be help available for you. Personal injury claims are available for people who are involved in an auto accident and were not at fault for the wreck. Here are just a handful of examples of situations where you likely would not be at fault for an auto accident:
- The other driver was texting. Distracted driving is illegal in every state, and many states explicitly say that you cannot text while driving. If you were hit by a driver with his nose in a phone, you might be entitled to a settlement.
- The other driver was drunk. Drunk driving is illegal in every state. Even if the driver had a legal BAC, he or she could still be held responsible for damages in an insurance claim if you can prove that alcohol affected his or her ability to drive carefully.
- The other driver disobeyed traffic laws Did the driver who hit you run a red light, or fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign? If so, you might have a personal injury case.
What to Do If You're Injured
The first step will of course be taking care of yourself. You should go to the nearest hospital as soon as you can, and get your car to an auto repair shop.
A personal injury attorney is also a valuable resource if you've been in an auto accident. A personal injury lawyer can help determine if you have a claim against the other driver's insurance company after a crash, and work to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Here are some auto accident resources that may be able to help you depending on where you live: