Being in a car wreck can certainly rattle you, and create many questions. The first question you will need to address is your physical condition. Seeking immediate medical treatment for you injuries is a must, so you can fully recover and heal. It is also important to go to all scheduled follow up appointments with your doctor, or to any physical therapy or other rehabilitation that is recommended. Once you have figured out how to take care of your medical needs, the second question you have may be who to hold responsible for your injuries. The answer lies in determining which party was at fault for the accident. When drivers are negligent and cause accidents that injure other motorists, the negligent driver must be held accountable and bear the cost of the accident.
In a personal injury matter, negligence is found by looking at the facts of your case. This might include some or all of the following components:
- Did the other driver have a duty to others on the road, such as the duty to obey a traffic signal or posted speed limit? The answer is likely yes, as all of us that take the wheel are duty bound to abide by the rules of the road and this includes driving only as fast as is posted and making sure to stop at all stop signs and follow the directives of other traffic signs and signals.
- Was this duty breached; meaning did the other driver fail to follow the rules?
- Did the failure of the other driver to abide by traffic laws cause the accident, and your injuries? If the answer is yes, then the other driver is said to be negligent (or, at fault).
The at fault driver is the party to look to for reimbursement for your injuries, and you deserve to be compensated for all of your injuries. This means you should expect to receive compensation for the expense associated with going to see your doctor or a specialist, any course of treatment prescribed as well as any medication needed, and to have your property put back in the same condition it was in prior to the wreck. Getting to this point can take a lot of negotiation, and nearly always requires presenting evidence that supports your version of events. If you have been hurt in an accident, or a loved one has suffered injuries from a wreck, call us for help. We will help by making sure your claim against the right party and is filed on time, and that the facts are presented clearly on your behalf.
If you have been in an accident and have questions about how to establish who was at fault, call our office to learn more. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.