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. In some cases, this is 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. Our attorneys provide legal representation regardless of the identity of the negligent driver. We take on truck accident claims and car crash cases and file personal injury lawsuits for accident victims.
Call in the Strong Arm to help with your case for compensation today by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins for a free consultation.
Passenger Vehicles May Be Comparatively Small and Light
Safety may be of great concern for 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 features that a specific vehicle provides. While we cannot prevent driver error from causing common injuries, we can reduce the risk of a crash or severe injuries through safety features.
Organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) allow 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 commercial trucks and other 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. It depends on many factors, including speed, type of accident, injuries suffered, and more.
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident as the driver or occupant of a passenger vehicle, determining who is at fault for your losses may be one of the first steps that your lawyer takes. Contact our attorneys for legal advice and help to identify the responsible party today.
Potential Liability for an Arlington Passenger Vehicle Accident
Liability is generally central to the issue of compensation after an accident. Your case may be no different. You must identify the at-fault party, file a claim or lawsuit based on their auto insurance policy, and possibly deal with an insurance adjuster to negotiate a settlement. Our team handles these steps for clients.
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 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 877-239-4878
Our Lawyers Could Make Your Life Easier After an Arlington Crash
If you do not hire a lawyer after an accident, then you may have to:
- Investigate your crash and document what happened and who is responsible
- 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
These are all steps law firms take on behalf of their clients. 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 receiving compensation that you deserve and may need. Either way, hiring a lawyer could make your immediate reality significantly less difficult.
Hiring one of our lawyers may cost you nothing. Because our personal injury lawyers work for a contingency fee, we only receive payment for our services if we win your case. Any fee that you agree to pay us will come from your winnings, and if we do not win your case, then we will not collect any payment for our services.
How One of Our Arlington Car Accident Lawyers 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
When we go to work on an auto accident claim, we must gather and assess evidence to determine fault and liability. This could include interviewing witnesses, surveying the accident scene, taking witness statements, working with experts, seeking photos and videos, and many other steps. This is often difficult or impossible for a crash victim to manage on their own, but it is necessary to develop a strong claim or lawsuit.
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. Our 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 for a free consultation.