Personal Injury Lawyer: Proving Negligence in a Motor Vehicle Accident

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After a car accident, you may be dealing with serious neck, back or spinal cord injuries. While most injuries will heal, it may take months or years for you to fully return to normal. Hiring a personal injury attorney will help you get the compensation that you need to provide for yourself and your family while you heal.

How can an attorney help prove that another party’s negligence led to the crash?

Physical evidence may establish what happened.

It is important to gather as much physical evidence of the accident as possible while it is still fresh.  Although you will likely be focused on your well being at the scene of the accident, you or someone else likely will take pictures of the scene, including pictures of the autos involved. You may see tire tracks, skid marks and physical damage to the cars that can help establish the speeds of the vehicles and what the drivers did prior to impact.  At some point early on, you should assist your attorney in reviewing possible ways to obtain physical evidence of the accident.

Gather witness statements, if possible.

Witnesses may have seen the other car turn left in front of you or drive off after causing the crash. In most cases, if there are witnesses, the police will include their information as part of their report. The police report itself can also be used as evidence in the case.

The other driver may confess to causing the crash.

The driver who caused the crash may describe what happened to friends while on a cell phone after the crash, or may even apologize to you at the scene.  As you remember the accident and what happened at the scene, relate to your attorney what the other driver said, or whether he or she was texting or talking on his phone.

If you have been hurt in a car accident, you will want to hire a personal injury lawyer in Massachusetts, such as The Law Offices of Terrence A. Low and Anthony J. Canata. They can take the steps necessary to establish what happened and who who was at fault. This will give you the best chance of making the responsible party – and his or her insurer – pay your costs and damages.

Sources:

(Proving Fault: What is Negligence?, injury.findlaw.com)

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