The legal matters following a car accident can be complex and many individuals are unaware of their rights. However, one of the most helpful things to you as a victim is understanding the different causes of car crashes and who can be considered responsible.
There are various different causes of car accidents, but some are far more common than others. Knowing the exact cause of the accident can also help when determining liability and who should be financially responsible for the damages sustained.
Cause and Liability
Below, we breakdown some of the most common causes of car crashes and who be held accountable in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Distracted, drunk, or reckless driving: If an individual drives while distracted, drunk, reckless, or even tired, they’re not paying a duty of care to others on the road. They’re putting other drivers at serious risk. In these types of accidents that cause injury, it would be the reckless driver who should be held responsible. In drunk driving accidents, there is a law that can hold establishments accountable for selling alcohol to a visibly intoxicated individual.
- Defective products: It’s unfortunate, but there are times when individuals can be hurt because the products on their vehicles are not working correctly. For instance, if brakes are defective, it may prevent a driver from stopping and a crash can occur. This may make the part manufacturer accountable for the injuries.
- Dangerous road hazards: Sometimes, crashes are caused by hazards on the road such as potholes, missing traffic signals, covered stop signs, and more. In some cases, it can be the municipality or other government entity responsible for the injuries.
Knowing who should be considered responsible and rights you have as a victim is not only important to your potential case, but it may give you peace of mind navigating the complex process. Furthermore, it helps you seek compensation.
However, you should always discuss your rights and options with a qualified and experienced Austin car accident attorney. At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we are confident in our abilities to help determine the liable party and put together the resources necessary to seek compensation.
You deserve to hold the liable party accountable and our firm is here to stand by your side every step of the way.