Can i sue after car accident?
The answer to the question “I was in a car accident – can I sue?” depends on the circumstances surrounding your car accident, such as:
- Who was at fault?
- Were you injured? If so, how severely? Is ongoing treatment needed?
- Did you miss work?
If you’re thinking about filing a car accident lawsuit, the best thing to do is speak to a local attorney familiar with your state’s car accident laws. They can advise you on the specifics of your case and give you a good idea what your case may be worth. To book your free case evaluation, simply fill out the form on the top right side of the page, or call our 24 hour legal helpline at 877-314-3315.
Frequently asked questions about how to file a car accident claim:
- Can I sue after car accident?
While every car accident is different, in general to have a valid claim you need to be able to prove two things – liability and damages. Meaning if you are at fault you usually can’t sue, and if you can’t prove property damage or physical injury, you don’t have much to sue over. However if you’re not at fault and were injured, or damage was done to your car or property, you may have a claim.
- Can I sue for pain & suffering?
It depends on the severity of your injuries but often times if you were injured, you can include pain & suffering compensation in your car accident lawsuit or settlement. Calculating this can get tricky, so usually best to speak with an attorney that has experience and can help you maximize your claim.
- If I was rear ended, can I sue?
If another driver hit you from behind, most of the time it’s their fault. Most rear end car accident settlements are pretty cut and dry. Going back to the two things that you need to file a lawsuit (liability and damages), you’re usually halfway there when you’re rear ended, because it’s relatively easy to prove liability. The variable in this instance is typically the injuries and property damages. If those are documented and prove-able, chances are you have a case.
- What should I do if I think I have a car accident lawsuit?
Make sure you have as much documented as possible! Pictures, medical bills, auto repair bills, and eyewitness reports are all good examples of documentation.
How A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Understand Your Situation:
In almost all cases, speaking to an attorney that can apply the specifics of your situation to the laws in your state is a good idea. They can give you an idea of what the best course of action is, and let you know what your case may be worth.
For that reason we always recommend that you discuss your options with a local attorney – all the lawyers in our network offer a free initial consultation. The benefit of working with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with car accident cases, is that they have negotiated settlements and know how to talk to insurance companies, who are trained and compensated to pay you as little as possible. A good attorney can argue for more money for loss of income, ongoing medical treatments, and maximize the amount of compensation you get for your pain and suffering.
If you need help with your car accident claim questions, fill out the form on the upper right side of this page or call us 24/7 at 877-810-4067.