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Car Accidents: Causation And Fault

According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately three individuals sustain severe or fatal injuries due to motor vehicle accidents on West Virginia roads every day. This means that if you have recently suffered serious injuries due to a car crash, there are thousands of fellow West Virginians who understand what you’re going through.

It’s essential to seek support in the wake of a dangerous car accident. Otherwise, that wreck’s physical, emotional, and mental trauma could become too much to bear. Having a skilled medical care team on your side can help to ensure that you recover as fully as possible from your injuries. Having a solid support system at home and in your community can help to guarantee that you find your way forward. And having a reputable personal injury law firm in your corner might allow you to be in the best possible position to be awarded maximum compensation due to the harm you have suffered.

Do You Need To Speak With A Lawyer?

If you only suffered minor scrapes and bruises due to your crash, you probably aren’t in a position to file a personal injury lawsuit for your harm. However, our firm can help you to negotiate with insurance representatives to secure a fairly-valued settlement award. If, however, you suffered severe injuries as a result of your crash, you might not want to take any chances with your legal situation. Working with a skilled attorney can mean the difference between being able to afford your medical bills (and being able to absorb the impact of lost wages caused by the crash, etc.) and suffering needlessly.

When we first speak with an injury victim, we ask them to tell us about the circumstances of their accident in their own words. Why? Our legal team can’t provide accurate legal guidance unless we understand what injury victims have suffered and what factors led to the genesis of that suffering in the first place. Our team offers free consultations to injury victims because we believe everyone deserves to pursue legal representation with their eyes open. Although not every injury victim chooses to file a legal action in the wake of a crash, they should feel empowered to speak with a lawyer and learn how filing legal action might affect themselves and their family.

Evaluating Your Circumstances

After you have told our legal team about your crash, it’s our job to evaluate the circumstances of your accident so that you can make informed decisions about your next steps. Our primary concerns will be causation and fault. Causation is the legal term that tries to understand the circumstances that lead to an accident. Fault is the legal term that determines who or what can be held accountable for those circumstances.

Once we understand causation and fault – as they apply to your accident uniquely – we can explain your options and calculate the likely total “worth” of your case. Typically, we can tell you whether your case is strong and likely to result in a significant compensation award. Armed with this information, you can then decide whether you want to invest your time and energy into pursuing legal action.

Your case is likely strong if another’s recklessness, negligence, or intentionally dangerous behavior directly contributed to the cause(s) of your harm. If you sue a person, business, or even a government entity, they don’t need to be totally at fault for you to recover compensation. Because California is a pure comparative negligence state, you remain eligible to seek compensation from others that are partially responsible for your harm, as long as you are not 100 percent to blame for what happened to you. If you get a compensation award, it will be devalued according to the percentage of fault for the crash that is assigned to you.

Remember: You Deserve What You’re Owed

West Virginians are tough. Tougher than tough, in many cases. As a result, the idea that an injury victim needs to “suck it up” when it comes to the aftermath of an injury used to linger in the West Virginia water supply. However, a deep-rooted state history in favor of workers’ rights combined with recent influences (including the opioid crisis, which was too often fueled due to the chronic and acute pain experienced by hard-working people) have all but squashed this misconception. If you’ve been hurt as a result of a car crash, you don’t need to “suck it up.” It could help if you employed a competent legal team that will argue in favor of your interests so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed.

Special Considerations: Work-Related Crashes

Suppose you were either working or engaged in some work-related activity at the time of your accident. In that case, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits due to the physical harm you’ve suffered. Workers’ compensation benefits are distributed on a no-fault basis. This means that, unlike personal injury damages, you may be entitled to a benefits award even if you were totally to blame for your injurious circumstances.

If you’re unsure whether your accident qualifies as “work-related” or you’re eligible for these benefits, that’s okay. We can sort all of those details out so that if you’re eligible for this form of financial recovery, you can confidently apply for benefits. Consider acting quickly, though. The workers’ compensation benefits process is among the most time-sensitive legal matters you’ll ever encounter. It is so time-sensitive that you might lose out on compensation if you don’t take specific steps within a few days after your crash. So, if it is at all possible that you’re eligible for these benefits, contact our firm today so that we can help you.

Connect With A Skilled West Virginia Car Accident Lawyer For Assistance

Avoid making assumptions about whether you have a strong case or not until our knowledgeable legal team has assessed your legal situation. You may be entitled to far more compensation than you think. And even if this isn’t the case, our team can help to maximize your recovery to the greatest possible extent under the circumstances. We’ve been representing car accident injury victims for a long time, and we know how to advocate aggressively for what they deserve.

To learn more about our efficient and effective approach to representation, connect with the trusted car accident lawyers at Salango Law today by calling 304-342-0512 or contacting us online. We look forward to hearing your story and assisting you during this stressful time.