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Should you file a lawsuit following a car accident?


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 11, 2014 in Car Accidents

Following a motor vehicle accident there are many things that may need to be addressed. After attending to one’s medical needs, the next step may be filing a lawsuit. This course of action could be appropriate in situations where negligence of another person is to blame. To explore these options most people find it beneficial to work with a personal injury lawyer to ascertain whether such a case is viable.

In determining the answer to that question, an attorney will likely assess the situation to determine if another person owed a duty to the injured individual, whether that duty was breached, if the person looking to bring the lawsuit was hurt in the incident and if the duty that was breached was the cause of that injury.

Though probably the most well known basis for a lawsuit after an accident, negligence is not the only reason that such claims are filed. Other things that could be the basis for a lawsuit include insurance, class action, product liability and recklessness. In some situations a combination could be to blame.

These incidents affect many people throughout the nation annually. According to one statistic, each year, more than six million incidents occur. This number includes accidents involving more than just cars. It also takes into account motor vehicle accidents in which pedestrians, trucks of all sizes, school buses and motorcycles play a role. While some of these will of course result in either no injuries or very minor ones, others lead to catastrophic injuries and may even be fatal.

Regardless of the accident type, when someone is hurt in a motor vehicle accident, the sooner they consult with a personal injury lawyer to determine his or her options, the better.

Source: Local 10, “What to do after getting involved in a car accident", Sept. 10, 2014