Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit If I Have Been in a Car Crash?

If you have been injured in a car crash, you likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. A car crash can be an extremely traumatic event and can cause a great deal of injury as well as physical damage to your car and belongings. When someone is in a car crash that results from another driver’s negligence behind the wheel, it is important to have the proper documentation to make the strongest case possible. Depending on the severity of injures that resulted from the crash, you may be entitled to a substantial award of damages if you file a personal injury lawsuit.

Generally, the driver responsible for a car crash is insured by an insurance company. If you have sustained an injury as a result of a crash, you will be filing a lawsuit against the individual driver of the car, who will most likely be represented by their insurance company. For this reason, it is very important to understand the way personal injury lawsuits work so that you are able to go up against the legal teams that most insurance companies have. In seeking damages for injuries that result from a crash, preparation and documentation is the key to success.

Although your injuries will take priority after a car crash, you should make sure to take photographs of the car damage, the scene of the crash as well as the injuries you sustained. You should keep all of your medical files and doctors visit documents in a safe place, and keep any physical therapy and medical supply records organized. By preparing properly for a personal injury lawsuit, you will have the tools necessary to win against the insurance companies.

Keep in mind that you will want to seek damages not only for the cost to fix your car and for your medical bills, but you will also want to seek damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages and possibly punitive damages if the driver was grossly negligent or intoxicated. You should also make sure that you file your personal injury lawsuit right away to fall within the statute of limitations. Once the time allowed by the statute passes, you will no longer be able to file your claim. While there is little you can do to avoid an accident, there is a lot you can do after the fact to make sure that you are properly compensated for the injuries you sustained as a result of the car crash.

Jeffrey Roberts

Emily Roberts: Emily, a former corporate lawyer, demystifies the world of law with clear explanations of legal principles, case analyses, and insights into the legal profession. Her blog is a valuable resource for law students, legal professionals, and anyone interested in law.