Motor vehicle accidents can cause serious damages, including catastrophic physical injury, job loss, permanent disability, and even death. If someone else was at fault for the accident, you may be able to hold them financially responsible for these damages. Here’s what you need to know about what causes car accidents, who can be held liable for them, and when to get help from a personal injury attorney.
Other Drivers Being Held Liable In A Car Accident
Often, other drivers who are being negligent or careless are responsible for accidents. Drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers on the road when they get behind the wheel. If they cause a collision because they weren’t paying attention or were breaking a law, they may be legally liable.
If a manufacturer of a vehicle produces a car or truck with a faulty design or with a defect that proves hazardous on the road, they may be responsible for accidents that are discovered to have been caused by the defect or design flaw. If the design flaw or defect was only partially responsible for the accident (say, in cases where the driver who was injured was speeding), the manufacturer may only be required to cover part of the damages.
Cities and Townships
Design flaws and construction defects can also occur on roadways. Architects may design a road that seems like a good idea on paper but in reality, creates a very dangerous situation for drivers. Or, construction workers may not properly pave a road, making it hazardous during inclement weather. In cases where the responsible party is employed by the city or town you live in, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the city itself.
Other Responsible Parties
In some cases, other parties are responsible for a car accident. For example, if a bar served alcohol to a clearly intoxicated person, who then left the bar and caused a deadly accident, both the driver and the bar that served them could be held responsible. An attorney can help you identify all potentially liable parties and exhaust every possible source of compensation.
Contact the Bourlon Law Firm Today
At the Bourlon Law Firm, we know how tough the aftermath of a car accident can be. We can help you get the full and fair financial restitution you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case at (361) 289-6040.