Accident Lawyers Aren’t Magicians
Over and over again, you hear the same push on TV, radio, the internet… “If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, hire accident lawyer X!” It’s enough to make you think we can solve any problem, accident injury, insurance dispute or personal disagreement with a wave of our magic law degree.
Well, it’s partly the law degree that allows an accident lawyer to settle your claim. But, before applying our book knowledge to your case, we need some help from you — the accident victim.
Drive Like a Pro
First of all, the best way to win an auto accident case is with your behavior before the accident even happens. Behind every good auto accident case is proof of fault. Accidents happen, but they’re usually somebody’s fault–yours or the other driver’s and sometimes both! Being a conscientious driver at all times, in front of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, makes it easier to disprove any hint of negligence that may be blamed on you after an accident. Think of careful driving habits as a protective barrier over the money in your pocket; because after an accident, most of the blame is placed on the driver found to have been the least careful. And we all know the insurance company of the driver who takes the blame is the one that pays out the most money.
Negligence vs. the Accident Lawyer
So, what’s considered negligent or careless behavior while driving? Not heeding road signs, eating while driving, using a cell phone while driving, drowsy driving, applying makeup while driving, driving while intoxicated, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, not slowing down in a school or construction zone — the list goes on. Negligent driving isn’t necessarily criminal behavior, but it is illegal behavior. Driving requires responsibility, and that’s enforced by the rules of the road. The care and safety of everyone inside the car is in the driver’s hands, not to mention people within a certain radius outside the car. When a driver causes an accident because he or she is not careful, there’s no accident lawyer who can prove otherwise.
Know the laws and drive with care. Then, if you’re ever in an accident, you can hire an accident lawyer knowing you have a solid, winnable case.