Top 4 Parties Responsible for Auto Accidents
You may be able to seek compensation from multiple parties after a car accident
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not entirely your fault, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and suffering. With help from a skilled auto accident attorney, you can begin building your case against any and all parties who may have caused or contributed to your accident. The top 4 responsible parties targeted by car accident injury suits include:
Many car accidents involve collisions between two or more vehicles. Drivers who are talking on the phone, texting, intoxicated, driving recklessly, or just simply not paying attention can all be held liable for injuries caused by their negligence.
If you were involved in an accident with a company-owned vehicle rather than a privately-owned one, the company could be held responsible for your injuries. The reasoning behind this is that companies and corporations are expected to exercise reasonable care when selecting their employees and maintaining their vehicles. If the company’s negligent hiring or vehicle maintenance processes contributed to your accident, your attorney will definitely want to include them in your personal injury suit.
When poor road maintenance, improper signage, or other dangerous conditions that fall under the responsibility of government agencies cause an accident, the government can and should be held liable. For example, if a highway sign falls on a vehicle causing an accident, a personal injury claim could be filed against the state Department of Transportation.
Car & Auto Parts Manufacturers
Defective car parts often cause or contribute to accidents. Faulty accelerator pedals in Toyota vehicles made headline news several years ago, and plaintiffs are successfully recovering damages for accidents caused by these defective parts. In one recently settled case, the plaintiff received compensation for disabling and permanent spine injuries suffered when her Toyota Camry accelerated unexpectedly and crashed. If you hire an experienced auto accident injury attorney, you can rest assured your attorney will know of current auto defect and recall issues and make sure to check to see if any apply to your case.
Do Not Forget to Investigate All Possible Areas of Recovery
In addition to making sure any and all responsible parties are targeted in your car accident injury lawsuit, your attorney will also make sure you request all relevant damages for your recovery. Possible areas of recovery include compensation for immediate medical bills, long term medical care or nursing, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain & suffering, and property damage. If the responsible party’s behavior was particularly grievous, punitive damages may also be sought. You can count on an experienced auto accident attorney like Fernando D. Vargas to make sure all the bases are covered when preparing your claim and secure you the maximum possible compensation.