Although a driver may not intend to injure another person, his or her negligent actions, such as texting while driving, driving while impaired, or reckless operation, can lead to a collision that results in personal injury and property damage.
Legally speaking, all drivers owe a duty of care to other individuals and are required by law to not only obey traffic laws, but drive in a responsible manner. When drivers operate distracted, impaired or drive recklessly they fail to meet the duty of care and are therefore negligent for any damages that result.
When you or a family member is injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the actions of a negligent driver you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages as well as damages for pain and suffering or damage to property such as a vehicle – damages that are paid to you by the negligent driver’s insurer.
However, all too often, insurance companies may offer to settle a claim at too-low-of-a-figure to fully address the damages a person has suffered. An injured motorist or pedestrian may be in for an uphill battle with the insurance company to get the compensation they are entitled to.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can make all the difference. Often times working with an experienced lawyer can strengthen your claim, resulting in higher compensation. Your attorney can handle the investigation into the accident proving that the other motorist was at fault or mostly at fault, and they can help you get the medical attention you need. They will handle all the legal paperwork and negotiate directly with the insurer freeing you to be able to focus on getting better. If an insurance company denies your claim or tries to offer you a reduced settlement, a skilled negotiator knowledgeable in the law can make all the difference and can even represent your interests in court when necessary.
The Quad Cities personal injury lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson, P.C., aggressively fight for the rights of those injured through the negligent acts of others. When you are injured in a car accident, contact our Davenport car accident attorneys at McDonald, Woodward, and Carlson for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.