Passenger vehicles may include cars, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), and small trucks, which means that passenger vehicles make up a significant portion of vehicles on the road at any given time. As the driver or passenger in a passenger vehicle, you may be susceptible to the consequences of being struck by another motorist, and in some cases the driver of a far larger, heavier vehicle than yours. An Arlington passenger vehicle accident lawyer may be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve because of an accident.
Call in the Strong Arm to help with your case for compensation today by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.
Passenger Vehicles May Be Comparatively Small and Light
Safety may be of great concern to many, if not most, who purchase and drive passenger vehicles. Those who know they will be routinely carrying other passengers such as children in the vehicle may be particularly sensitive to the safety that a specific vehicle provides.
Organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) allow such safety-conscious consumers to vet vehicles based on their safety rating, but even the safest passenger vehicle comes with a troubling reality: it is far smaller and lighter than the heaviest vehicles on the road.
Popular Mechanics notes that fully loaded 18-wheelers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, passenger vehicles may generally weigh only about 6,000 pounds or less. This means that:
- Large vehicles, including but not limited to 18-wheelers, weigh significantly more than the typical passenger vehicle
- Large vehicles may have a far greater capacity to cause damage when colliding with a smaller passenger vehicle
- Those who drive and ride in passenger vehicles may be at significant risk of injury or death from an accident, regardless of the safety rating that their vehicle holds
It is not just collisions with 18-wheelers and similarly heavy vehicles that passenger vehicle-driving motorists should be wary of. Even collisions with vehicles smaller than their own may result in serious injury or death.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident as the driver or occupant of a passenger vehicle, then determining who is at fault for your losses may be one of the first steps that your lawyer takes.
Potential Liability for a Passenger Vehicle Accident
Liability is generally central to the issue of compensation after an accident. Your case may be no different.
Your lawyer may rely on one or more standards for liability when determining who is responsible for your losses. The American Bar Association (ABA) explains that these standards may include negligence, intentional wrongs, and strict liability.
A motorist may generally be negligent in causing an accident. That is, they may not have intended to cause you or a loved one harm, but their actions were less than what is required to prevent an accident from happening. If this is the case, then your lawyer may argue your case for compensation by:
- Showing that the motorist owed you a duty of care, which generally means that they must act reasonably to prevent causing harm to others
- Proving that the motorist breached their duty of care in some way
- Establishing the link between the breach of duty of care and your accident, a cause-and-effect relationship generally known as causation
- Showing that the accident has resulted in your suffering losses
The specific losses that you or your loved one has suffered may be the guide for the compensation that your Arlington passenger vehicle accident lawyer seeks on your behalf. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 to learn more about how we may assist you with your post-accident fight for compensation.
For a free legal consultation with a passenger vehicle accidents lawyer serving Arlington, call 800-777-7777
A Lawyer Could Make Your Life Easier
If you do not hire a lawyer after an accident, then you may have to:
- File and complete an insurance claim on your own
- File and complete a lawsuit on your own
- Go without compensation for your losses if you are unwilling or unable to do the above
With this in mind, hiring a lawyer could allow you to avoid having to deal with an insurance claim or lawsuit, and may ultimately result in you or your loved one receiving compensation that you deserve and may need. Either way, hiring a lawyer could make your immediate reality significantly less difficult.
Hiring a lawyer may cost you nothing. Because personal injury lawyers often work for a contingency fee, they may only receive payment for their services if they win your case. Any fee that you agree to pay them will come from your winnings, and if they do not win your case, then they will not collect any payment for their services.
How a Lawyer May Assist You
If you do choose to hire a lawyer, then they may take care of the legal or insurance process to the greatest possible extent. They may:
- Handle all communications with insurance companies and attorneys
- Handle paperwork and appearances required for an insurance claim or lawsuit
- Gather evidence and interview witnesses
- Hire experts
- Calculate the value of your losses
- Negotiate a settlement
The process of completing an insurance claim versus what is necessary to complete a lawsuit may differ in several ways. In both cases, significant effort, time, and resources may be necessary to complete your claim or lawsuit as is necessary. A lawyer may be able to handle these responsibilities for you so that you may focus on recovery and not further compromise your health.
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An Arlington passenger vehicle accident lawyer may be able to help you in your time of need. Their team will aim to ensure that you receive the medical care that you need while fighting for the justice that you deserve. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878 for a free consultation.