A driver can be determined to have been negligent by a jury under many different circumstances. What all of these circumstances have in common is the fact that the driver failed to exercise the type of prudence in their actions that could have been expected of any normal human being under those same circumstances.
Why People Sue
A case where a driver is deemed to have been negligent revolves around someone else having been hurt as a result of that negligence. A vehicle accident lawyer that takes you on as a client will try to establish that the other driver acted in way that put you at risk when there was no real reason for them to have done so. For example, they may have ignored traffic lights, been driving too fast, been driving drunk or have taken other actions that put you at risk and that got you injured.
The damages that juries award in car accident claims are based in the actual amount of damage and pain and suffering the driver who caused the wreck inflicted on the victims. There are cases where juries award less than the injured driver was originally seeking and cases where they don’t award any money at all. There are also cases where the negligent driver will want to settle out of court if they’re sure they’re going to lose the case. If this happens, their attorneys will negotiate with yours and your attorney will let you know what they’re willing to pay and whether or not it seems like a good option for you.
When to Contact an Attorney
There are instances where drivers who were injured are well aware that the other driver was negligent. What you need, however, is an attorney that can establish this as a fact in a court of law. This means that they need experience dealing with these cases and they need to understand this area of the law inside and out.
Some of the very best of these attorneys work on contingency. This means you don’t have to pay them upfront and that you don’t have to pay them at all if they don’t win your claim. If you’ve been injured and are facing high medical and repair costs because of it, contacting one of these attorneys quickly is imperative. There may be limitations on how long you have to sue over these cases.