If you’ve been blindsided by a car accident and are seeking remuneration, sometimes the only recourse you have is to sue. Knowing who you can sue is an important piece of knowledge that we’d like to discuss today. And, one of the reasons why consulting a good lawyer who understands Utah laws is key. You need to be clear about all the parties involved and who was at fault. The more specifics you have about who was negligent, the better.
Establishing negligence is key because laws are designed to prevent frivolous lawsuits and usually car insurance takes care of the majority of claims regarding car accidents. We’ve got some free advice for you on how to prove negligence and determine whether you should sue.
When Do I Sue?
Do you have serious injuries, high medical bills and/or damages that won’t be paid for by an insurance company? If so, this is a good indicator that you should bring a lawsuit, citing negligence. Things that you will want to consider recovering money for include medical bills, but also wages lost because of missing work, and future costs that you will incur because of the accident. You may also be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering.
Now. How do you prove that the person who caused the accident was actually negligent? There are four key words that come into play here–duty, breach, causation, and harm. Basically the other driver had a duty to drive carefully, which they breached, and then caused you harm. Because of this harm, you now must be compensated.
Who Do I Sue?
In regards to what I’ve already described, it should be fairly ovbious who you will sue. It is the person whose negligence caused the accident. Let’s say you were hit by someone driving professionally for a certain company, if that is the case you can also consider suing the company itself. The company could be considered negligent for hiring that employee, or maybe they didn’t properly train the employee. Does the employee have the licenses required? These are the things you should be considering.
It can sometimes be tricky to determine who was at fault if the car accident involved multiple vehicles, meaning mutliple drivers. State laws come into play here as well, which is why you need a well-informed attorney who understands our laws inside and out.
If you’ve gotten this far in your reading, then what I’ve described above probably applies to you or someone you know. If that’s the case, now is the time to call Alpina Legal and ask for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. Once we’ve heard your story, we can help you determine whether you have a good case. We can even help you with working with your insurance.