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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys


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The Wide, Wide World of Personal Injury Attorneys

When you think of personal injury cases, you probably picture two parties standing in front of a judge who decides how much one party has to pay the other. Indeed, this is how some personal injury cases end up being concluded. But many are actually settled out of court. Your attorney files a suit against the defendant, and then the defendant's lawyer presents you with an offer for a certain amount of money if you agree not to go to court. You and your personal injury attorney decide whether or not to accept that offer, which is called a settlement. As you can see, personal injury lawyers do a lot more than just go to court. You can learn more about the many nuances of their jobs on this blog.

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Cameras are already on the streets to catch drivers who run red lights. However, to combat the practice of using a mobile device while driving, some states and municipalities have considered installing cameras intended to catch drivers who are texting and driving. If you are involved in an accident in which a driver may have been using a mobile device, you may be able to use camera footage to prove that the other driver was negligent.

The Importance of Negligence

You must prove that the other driver was negligent to be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Therefore, if you can prove that the driver was using a mobile device, which is typically illegal, you may be able to maximize your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.

If these cameras are implemented, photographs would be scanned by artificial intelligence which would then determine whether the driver might have been using a mobile phone. Then, the images are reviewed by a police officer to determine if there were any violations. If so, your auto accident attorney may be able to use this fact when pursuing your case.

Proving Negligence Without This Technology 

Even when this technology is not in place, a law firm may be able to help you prove negligence. An expert witness can observe the debris at the scene of the accident and determine that the driver did not brake when an alert driver would have hit the brakes. Also, an expert might review cell phone records to discover that the cell phone was in use before the accident.

How to Know Whether to Hire an Attorney

Some plaintiffs in an auto accident case choose not to hire an attorney. However, it's a good idea to hire someone if you or someone else was injured. Some injuries can take a long time to appear and it's important to not claim that you're not injured until you have been examined by a medical professional.

You will especially want to hire an attorney if the individual who is at fault for the accident is in dispute. If you are also being accused of causing the accident, you may only receive partial compensation for your injuries or you may even be forced to compensate the driver. However, with a thorough investigation and with evidence gathered, you'll have an easier time winning your case.

To learn more, contact an auto accident attorney.