Car crashes can cause a lot of confusion. Here are some common car crash questions and answers.
Q: What Is Negligence?
A: Negligence is failing to take an action that a reasonable person would’ve taken under the same circumstances and causing someone to come to harm because of that inaction. It can also mean taking an action that a reasonable person would not have taken under the same circumstances and causing someone to come to harm. For example, driving with your headlights off at night is negligent in that a reasonable person in the same situation would not do it.
Q: Can You Sue Someone Convicted of a Vehicular Crime?
A: Yes. After vehicle accidents that involve a drunken driver or someone who is found guilty of some sort of criminal negligence, you still do have the option of filing a lawsuit to get compensation. The fact that they were convicted of a criminal act, in fact, may strengthen your case against them.
Q: How Do Attorneys Investigate Accidents?
A: Personal injury attorneys have technological resources available and experts available that can help them to determine what happened during a car crash. Attorneys do not look for criminal activity when they investigate a car crash. If they are a personal injury attorney, what they will be looking for is negligence on the part of the driver who injured their client. A police investigation will not necessarily reveal this if it was a factor.
Q: What Is a Contingency Agreement?
A: A contingency agreement is an agreement between an attorney and their client that stipulates that the client does not have to pay any legal fees unless the attorney successfully wins their claim. They can win the claim by getting a jury award for the client or they can win the claim by getting a settlement. Any other specifics of the contract have to be negotiated between the attorney and the client.
Q: What If I’m Not Sure About Suing?
A: An attorney who works on contingency will be willing to sit down with a potential client for no charge so that they can get an idea of whether or not they should represent the client. Because of the terms of the contingency agreement, they have to do this.
Q: Are there Limits on How Long I Have to Sue?
A: Yes. There are limitations on how long you have to sue after a car accident. You should contact an attorney right away, if only to find out how long you have left to decide.