When multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, it may be difficult to determine who is to pay the costs associated with injuries and damages. In fact, there may be multiple people, insurance companies, employers, and even government agencies involved in the litigation that follows a multiple vehicle crash. It is important to remember some basic facts to determine who is ultimately responsible for paying for damages in such a case.
A car accident often causes both minor and serious injuries. Many people complain of aches and pains after an accident, and fortunately, most of these go away fairly quickly. However, back pain is one of the most common long-term injuries people suffer following a car crash, and many of these injuries do not simply resolve themselves.
Spinal cord injuries or SCIs are one of the most devastating types of personal injuries imaginable. Often, a spinal cord injury will cause permanent paralysis or changes in mobility that leave the victim unable to work or even perform self-care tasks. Estimating the future costs of spinal cord injury cases is not an easy task, and is usually best left to a personal injury attorney with experience in SCI cases.
Few things in life are scarier than being involved in a car accident. The sudden flash of light and the sudden blast of sound would terrify anyone, and those who survive without suffering serious injuries naturally feel extremely fortunate. That feeling may lead many people to simply want to put that difficult experience in the … Read more
Many people have a fairly good understanding of how liability insurance works for their own personal vehicles. They go to an insurance company, pick out a plan, choose their coverage and deductible amounts, and file a claim if they are ever involved in an accident. Alaska law requires a minimum amount of liability insurance if a person drives on our roads, so this process is usually fairly straightforward. Many drivers now carry uninsured motorist coverage to protect them against those who fail to insure their own vehicles, as well.
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints after an accident. While whiplash-type injuries are common after rear-end vehicle collisions, neck pain is also a common problem after slip and fall accidents. Because neck pain is so common, it is easy to assume that it will go away on its own or that it is not very serious, particularly if the pain is not very severe. After all, most minor aches and pains resolve themselves without medical intervention. However, ignoring neck pain after an accident can be a serious mistake, because even minor neck pain can be linked to much more serious long-term injuries and conditions, particularly those involving the back, arms, and legs. It is always wise to seek immediate medical attention after an accident that may involve the neck.
When someone is injured in a vehicle accident, there is a fairly well-defined number of parties that may bear responsibility for the injuries involved. Obviously, the at-fault driver of the car may be held liable, as well as anyone else who contributed to the accident: a bartender who overserved a drunk driver; a mechanic who failed to maintain the car in working order; or a maintenance worker who did not repair a stop light that failed at the time of the crash. ￼