Our national highway system is the lifeblood of our country, but while it is absolutely essential for our daily lives, there are enormous risks that come with traveling on these high-speed roads. Since cars are legally traveling at speeds much higher than on secondary or back roads, an accident on a highway has the potential to be catastrophic even if the contact between vehicles is minimal. Things like rollovers, secondary impacts with other vehicles or obstacles, and multi-vehicle pileups contribute to this potential.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a highway accident, you already know how serious it can be. If someone else caused the accident, you may also already know that you may be entitled to compensation. However, did you know that you are likely owed more than what the insurer is willing to offer? Many people fail to realize that the initial offer an insurer makes is not the best offer, and in fact, is an offer designed to save the insurer as much money as possible — at the victim’s expense.
The Importance of Working With an Attorney
Working with a car accident attorney is one of the best ways to navigate the insurance claims process after an accident. Proving fault is the first step, but even an accident where there is absolutely no question about who caused it, will not automatically result in the victim getting compensated for all of their damages. An attorney who understands the claims process will need to spend many hours over the course of weeks or months — even years — gathering evidence, calculating damages, and building a strong argument for why their client deserves what they are demanding. In some cases, the gap between an insurer’s offer and the reality of the situation may lead to a lawsuit which may be further drawn out over months or years.
If all of this sounds complicated, it’s because it is, but working with an attorney can give you the support you need to stay strong through this process and demand the money you are entitled to after suffering the consequences of someone else’s recklessness or negligence.
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Common Causes of Highway Accidents
The following are just a few of the many possible causes of highway accidents. Whether or not you see the cause of your accident below, remember that no two accidents are alike, regardless of their cause, so the sooner you contact our law firm about your unique situation, the sooner you will have clarity on how to proceed with your case.
When you think of distracted driving, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If it’s the image of someone staring at their cellphone you’d be right, but this is only one of the many different distractions that can lead to a crash. Simply put, distracted driving is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off of their task, such as eating or applying makeup while driving, talking on the phone, or even just letting the mind wander.
A vehicle owner is expected to properly maintain their vehicle to avoid things like brake failures, but there are countless examples of mechanical failures that were the result of manufacturing or design defects that the auto manufacturer is ultimately liable for. Regardless of who is liable for the failure, a victim involved in a crash should not be on the hook for any damages, and an attorney will be able to decide whether to seek compensation from the driver, vehicle owner, manufacturer, or other companies involved in the production of the vehicle. Many times, these product liability issues result in a product recall — but only after a few failures have made the pattern clear.
Speed limits are set based on several factors, and while most people obey this important restriction, there are always others on the road who feel they are above the law. Speeding means that the driver will need to react to unexpected hazards or changes on the road faster than otherwise, and also means that they may have less control over their vehicle. It also takes longer to brake safely, and an impact at high speeds leads to greater damage, and therefore a greater risk of catastrophic, or even fatal, injuries.
Drunk or Drugged Driving
When someone makes the decision to get behind the wheel after consuming mind-altering substances, they put everyone else at risk due to their selfish and negligent behavior. Alcohol and other drugs act on the central nervous system, lowering reaction times, dulling a driver’s ability to recognize risks, and clouding their judgment. Legally speaking, an adult over the age of 21 is driving “under the influence” if they have a BAC of 0.08% or higher, and while other drugs do not show on a breathalyzer, it is illegal and there are other methods with which an officer can determine intoxication.
While more experienced drivers may forget the feeling of driving on the highway, while still getting comfortable with operating a motor vehicle, the fact is that a highway is an intimidating place for new drivers. Even the most diligent and responsible new driver has a lot on their mind while they drive because it hasn’t become a habit yet, and the more they have to actively keep in mind, the easier it may be to overlook an important detail such as the vehicle in the spot where they are changing lanes.
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If someone else is responsible for your highway accident, contact our firm right away to speak with an attorney and learn about the support we can offer through this difficult time. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve while you stay focused on your health and getting your life back on track after an accident. Contact Mountain States Injury Law to schedule your free consultation today!