The law doesn’t expect the average driver to have the reflexes of a professional driver such as a police officer. It does, however, demand that everyone take reasonable precautions to keep people safe on the road. When someone injures you or kills someone in your vehicle because they don’t live up to this standard, they may be negligent and you need to contact a lawyer.
Were they Negligent?
A Dallas vehicle accident attorney can tell you whether or not you have a case to argue that holds a driver negligent, but a jury will have to make the final determination in this matter. There’s no way to know whether a driver was actually negligent before a jury makes this determination. However, the lawyer will be able to take a look at the circumstances of your case and to determine whether you’re likely to have a strong case to argue in court. Lawyers choose to represent you based on the strength of the case, but cannot know ahead of time whether or not you’ll win.
What about Damages?
Most often, people who sue for negligence seek damages for property destruction, medical expenses and pain and suffering. A wrongful death action is sometimes filed to provide for the survivors of the individual that was killed in the wreck. A lawyer will help you to determine how much of an award you should seek. This takes some skill and a lot of knowledge of previous lawsuits to do correctly. Be sure you work with an experienced attorney so that your case has the best chance of winning.
What’s a Settlement?
A settlement is what happens if the person you’re suing believes that they’re going to lose. Their lawyer will offer a sum—usually a bit less than what’s being sought from the jury award—to avoid having to go to court. Your attorney will be able to tell you whether this settlement is a good idea or whether you should go ahead and go before a jury. Don’t take any settlements without talking to your attorney. Sometimes, the other party may try to negotiate you without having your attorney involved. No matter what reasons they give you for doing so, it’s simply because they believe that they’ll come out ahead if they do this and you’re never going to have the advantage without your attorney there to represent you interests in the negotiations.
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