For as long as I can remember, the legal field has always fascinated me. While my friends watched sitcoms and cartoons, I chose to watch courtroom dramas and real life trials unfold. There was never really any question as to what I wanted to be when I got older. The only profession for me was that of a trial lawyer. Unfortunately, a serious car accident several years ago changed all that. Now, my injuries prevent me from leaving my home most days. However, my love for the law has never went away. While I may not be able to realize my dreams of becoming a trail lawyer, I still wish to help people with their legal problems. That is why I decided to start this blog. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will help other accident victims like me when filing their personal injury claims.
Car accidents happen everyday. From those accidents, some people choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. If someone is trying to sue you for what happened in a car accident it is important that you protect yourself. Here are a couple things that you need to do to protect yourself.
1. Contact an Attorney
One of the first things that you should do is contact an attorney. Don't think that this is something that you can handle on your own. Even though you will need to pay legal fees, it will be less than what you will have to pay if you lose greatly.
In addition, your attorney can let you know if you belong to one of the 12 no-fault states. These states have specific laws pertaining to car accidents protecting people in both situations so that neither party can be held entirely responsible for the accident, unless there were extenuating circumstances. An attorney will be the best advisor to let you know what steps to take, how to respond to the suit and how to save the most money.
For more information, contact a legal representative in your area, like Goldman & LeBrun.
2. Utilize Your Auto Insurance
If you are sued, know that the majority of the lawsuit will be paid out from your auto insurance. In most cases you will not need to pay out of your pocket to cover the damages from an auto accident. This is why it is so important that you have a good working relationship with your insurance company, and you carry good insurance. If you didn't get comprehensive insurance, you could have a problem, seeing that you might not have the coverage that you need for the accident. This is why it is so important that you are fully insured if you are driving a car.
3. Settling May Be Your Best Bet
The majority of personal injury lawsuits settle. This is for good reason. It can take a lot of money to litigate a personal injury trial and in the end you will probably get about the same amount in damages, but you will have paid a lot more in legal fees. For this reason, you should try to come up with a compromise early on. The better the working relations between the two parties, the faster the lawsuit will resolve. This is why you should do whatever you can to resolve the lawsuit quickly and early.
These are just a couple things you need to know about being sued in a personal injury lawsuit.Share
25 September 2015