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What Is a Car Accident Lawsuit?

In the event of a car accident or auto accident, it may be necessary to file a car accident lawsuit. This may be needed when one party is seeking damages from the other due to injuries or financial losses caused by the accident. In many cases, such costs may be covered by insurance policies. However, insurance doesn’t cover every type of loss, and often doesn’t provide full reimbursements for losses.

Car accident lawsuits typically involve only two parties. However, they can often involve many more parties, especially in accidents where multiple people or drivers were involved. Such lawsuits can often involve complex analyses of different legal theories and concepts. Car accident injuries often include whiplash, neck/spinal injuries, concussions, and various other injuries.

What Type of Damages Can Be Issued in a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Car accident damages can actually involve several categories of damages awards. The main type of damages issued is the compensatory damages award. This award helps to reimburse for the main costs caused by the accidents, including medical costs and hospital bills. Property damage is also covered by compensatory damages.

Other types of damages awards include special damages, which include costs that are difficult to calculate, and punitive damages for intentional or reckless conduct.

What Is a Car Accident Settlement?

A car accident settlement can sometimes shorten the time it takes to resolve a legal dispute over a car accident. This is where the parties propose financial amounts to cover the losses, and then agree to pay out the amounts either in a lump sum or over time. Settlements can occur before trial begins, or during the course of a lawsuit.

Many people prefer to engage in a car accident settlement in order to cut down costs on court and legal fees. However, the representation of a lawyer is usually still needed for a settlement, since the process can involve much negotiation as well as a discussion of liability and damages.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Car Accident Lawsuit?

Car accidents can involve severe injuries as well as extensive damage to property. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need to file a lawsuit or engage in a settlement for a car accident dispute. Your lawyer can help explain your legal rights and can assist you in obtaining a legal remedy for your losses.

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Last Modified: 04-06-2015 10:55 AM PDT

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