Do you need to hire an attorney after a car accident?
It is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer immediately after a car accident if any of the following apply to you:
- 1 or more persons were injured or killed,
- Multiple parties were involved,
- One or more parties were uninsured,
- The police report does not match the incident.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, an attorney can help you get a fair settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, don’t try to handle things with the insurance companies alone. Their job is to make sure you get as little as possible for your vehicle and any injuries sustained from the accident.
The most common types of automobile accidents are caused by:
Driver Error or Driver Negligence
In the context of automobile accidents, negligence can arise under many situations. The most common cause of automobile accidents is driver error. The common driver errors seen in auto litigation are: failure to yield the right of way, Following too closely, driving at an excessive rate of speed, driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence and disregard of traffic control devices.
Distractions to Vehicle Driver
These are not the only causes of auto accidents, however in our modern world, distractions to a motor vehicle driver have become an increasing cause of accidents. Common distractions include: car driver uses a cellular phone, car driver attempts to read, car driver puts on makeup, car driver changes the radio station and numerous other distractions both inside and outside of the vehicle.
Failure to Properly Service and Maintain a Car, Truck or Bus
Another significant area of automobile litigation, often seen in a commercial vehicle setting, involves the failure to properly service and maintain the vehicle.
This failure is being seen more frequently in automobile litigation every day. Typically, they will involve the breakdown of a part of the car, truck or bus due to the failure of the owner or a service company to properly maintain and service the car, truck or bus.
The results of this failure are, quite often, catastrophic. For example, the simple failure to properly lubricate the bearings on a car or commercial vehicle, such a truck (a standard maintenance item) can result in an entire wheel assembly becoming disengaged from the vehicle while driving.
Road Defect or Negligent Design of the Roadway
A special class of automobile accidents involves factors external to the driver or the vehicle. These are generally known as roadway defect cases. They can involve the design of the roadway itself wherein a: poorly designed roadway, means of controlling traffic can cause or contribute to an accident, construction or debris can cause or contribute to an accident and negligent design and maintenance of the roadway.
Product Liability or Auto Manufacturing Defect
Automobile accident litigation may involve a unique class of litigation known as products liability. In the automobile context, these claims involve a defect in a given motor vehicle which caused the accident and resulting injuries. These defects can include tire blowout, brake failure and mechanical failure.
Often, a design or manufacturing defect will not cause the actual accident, but cause the injuries sustained in the accident to be far worse. Well-known examples of this include the following design defects:
- SUV more susceptible to rolling over in an accident
- Gas tank more likely to ignite in a collision
- Manufacturing defect which causes a seatbelt to fail
- Failure of an airbag to deploy properly
The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys at Glaser & Ebbs are skilled at representing clients and their family members injured in car crashes. It often takes legal action to receive fair compensation in these cases. If the responsible party is not found, we will help you look for other coverage. Contact Glaser & Ebbs to learn more about your legal rights and options.