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What claims can be made after a car accident?

If you're in a car accident, there's a good chance that you've gotten hurt and now have to deal with medical bills and other financial losses. When you're ready to make a claim, it's wise to make sure any settlement offers you receive are fair compensation for the medical care and financial losses you have to deal with.

What legal claims are normally made after a car accident?

Usually, you'll make a claim for a personal injury based on negligence. People who are behind the wheel of a car need to exercise reasonable care for the circumstances, so if you can show that the other person was negligent, your case has a good chance of working out in your favor.

For example, if the driver was texting and didn't stop before a red light, then that driver was being negligent. The same is true if a driver was speeding or hit you because of driving drunk.

There are a few other causes of motor vehicle accidents to consider. Reckless driving is one that can land the driver with a criminal charge as well as a civil lawsuit from you. Or, if a driver loses control of a vehicle because there was something wrong with it, like a manufacturer's defect that led to the airbag going off or the power cutting out, then you may be able to claim against the manufacturer for any injuries you suffer.

Every accident is different, and you want to know you're getting all the compensation you deserve. Your attorney can review your case and make sure you are.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Basics," accessed May 05, 2016

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