Here Are Tips from Our Alabama Car Accident Lawyers if You’re Being Sued
Automobile accidents can produce devastating and life-altering injuries. In fact, “More than 90 people die in car accidents every day,” according to Driver Knowledge. In some cases, a motorist who endured property damage and injuries may attempt to sue the other driver to cover their expenses. If you directly caused the collision, facing a lawsuit can be stressful and scary.
When another driver attempts to sue you, it can be challenging to understand how to legally proceed. While the Alabama car accident lawyers at The Long Brothers only represent individuals who were not at-fault for their injuries, we may be able to offer advice to those who are being sued due to their negligent actions.
Alabama: A Fault State
Alabama is a fault state, meaning drivers are held legally accountable for the injuries and damages that occurred due to their irresponsible actions. In fault states, injured drivers have options if they decide to file a claim to solicit compensation for the damages and injuries they suffered.
How a driver decides to proceed following an automobile accident will depend on various circumstances. Injured drivers can file a claim against the careless driver’s insurance company, file with their personal insurance company, or file a lawsuit.
How to Determine if You Are At-Fault
In order to receive compensation, the other driver must prove that you acted negligently. Every driver owes other motorists a duty of care, meaning you must be responsible and avoid acting in a way that causes harm to others. When the duty of care is breached, compensation may be available for the injured person.
In some cases, the person at fault is evident, however, some accidents require a more in-depth investigation to conclude who precipitated the collision.
Evidence such as photographs, witness statements, disobeyed traffic laws, and property damage is vital to help determine who is at fault. One helpful tip you should keep in mind is to never admit fault. If you admit fault, and the other driver is partly liable for the car wreck, you may negate your chances of compensation or be obligated to pay out more than what the other driver deserves.
If the investigation concludes that you’re the driver who operated negligently and prompted the collision, then the person could potentially file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
What to Do When You Are at Fault
If you’re at fault for the collision, your insurance company will likely cover the other driver’s expenses based on your insurance policy. However, it’s imperative to be aware that insurance companies tend to seek their own best interests and will attempt to pay as little as possible in compensation. Insurance companies do not care about justice but focus, instead, on the amount of money they may owe an injured person.
If they decide to sue, you need to speak with your insurance company immediately and supply them with a copy of the lawsuit. If your insurance company refuses to pay or takes their time to pay, it can cause them to sue. The insurance company will then have to defend the suit. If you’re faced with complications from your insurance company, contact an attorney. Legal matters are difficult without trusted legal advice, and time is a vital factor when a driver files a lawsuit to seek compensation.
The statute of limitations is the amount of time an injured person has to file a claim. If a claim is filed after the appointed time, the likelihood of them receiving compensation is slim to none. In the state of Alabama, an injured person has exactly two years to file a lawsuit.
Contact Determined and Trusted Legal Representation
Being sued is not always an easy and straightforward process. While we do not represent individuals found at-fault, we hope these tips on what to do after being sued have been helpful. If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, The Long Brothers may be able to help you receive compensation from your insurance claim, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Our Alabama car accident lawyers believe in strong attorney-client relationships. This means we will personally communicate with you and ensure you’re informed about the progression of your case if you were injured in a car wreck. Call our law office today to speak with one of our compassionate and trusted attorneys at (251) 432-2277 or fill out our free consultation form.