When we’re behind the wheel, we expect other drivers to be just as courteous and focused on the road as we are. Unfortunately, not every driver will be so careful with the safety of their fellow drivers. Because of that, you’re now dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident and seeking compensation after a distracted driving crash.
Unfortunately, you’re already dealing with the pain and suffering that come with a serious accident. Seeking compensation can be difficult, so you’ll need to know what steps to take with your claim after your crash. Fortunately, a lawyer can help you get your compensation and recover from your injuries.
One of your first steps will be to find who’s responsible for your expenses after the crash. If you’re unable to settle with your insurance company, you’ll need to prove that the other driver was financially responsible for your suffering.
Proving how they were distracted will be key, and you’ll need a lawyer to help you investigate. For example, let’s say they were using their cell phone behind the wheel. They might have mentioned in their report that they were making a call when the crash happened, for example, which can support your claim.
You’ll also need to prove that you weren’t responsible for the accident. Many states will reduce the amount of compensation you can receive based on how responsible you were for the accident. So, if you’re 10 percent at fault, you might receive only 90 percent of your compensation.
Once you’ve shown that the other person was at fault, you’ll then need to seek compensation for your accident. This compensation should cover all expenses for your claim, including the ongoing future expenses. For example, if you’ll need future treatment for your injuries, this should be included in your claim.
You should also receive both economic and non-economic damages for your suffering. By getting both types of damages, you’re not just compensated for your financial losses, like the damages to your car. You also receive compensation for the mental and emotional toll that a distracted driving crash can cause.
As such, you’ll need to focus on requesting whatever damages you’ve suffered. This list of damages might include any of the following:
Unfortunately, even taking these steps when seeking compensation after a distracted driving crash can be tough. You’re dealing with serious damages, and now you need to take these steps, among others, to get your compensation.
It’s not easy to do alone, and worse, you could lose some or all the compensation you need to recover. That’s why you need to speak to a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates before you begin. Your car accident lawyer with our firm can ensure that you have the help you need when your claim is overwhelming.
If you’ve been injured, get the help you need by taking advantage of our free consultations. Call us at 1-800-404-9000 or complete the following online form.