If you or a family member were involved in a car accident, you may be wondering who can be responsible for the damages. In many cases, more than one party is liable. Here’s what you need to know.
The Other Driver
The most common party to be held responsible in a car accident lawsuit is the other driver. Drivers who are negligent or careless when operating their vehicle can easily cause a wreck, which can result in critical injuries and even death. For example, if the other driver is texting and driving or fails to stop at a red light, they may be held liable for hospital bills, lost wages, and other expenses arising from the accident.
The Car Manufacturer
Vehicle manufacturers sometimes make mistakes, either during the design process, the manufacturing process, or when making the sale. A common mistake that vehicle manufacturers have made is designing top-heavy vehicles that have a much higher risk of rolling over in a car accident than other types of vehicles.
If a manufacturer designs a faulty vehicle, creates a defective vehicle or misrepresents the vehicle during the sale, you may be able to hold them responsible if the mistake caused you to sustain damages in an accident.
In some cases, cities, townships, or even the state of Alabama can be responsible for car accidents. If, for example, a city erected a dangerous road without adequate caution and speed signs, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against them if their negligence caused you to get into an accident.
Other parties beyond the other driver, the car manufacturer, and the city may also be held liable after a car accident. If, for example, a person’s dog ran out in front of your vehicle while you were passing their home and caused you to get into an accident, you may be able to hold them responsible for failing to keep their dog properly restrained.
Contact the Black Belt Law Center, P.C. Today
When you or a loved one are injured, life changes in an instant. The damages you incur are often irreparable, even if a lawsuit is brought forward. If someone else’s negligence or carelessness caused your accident, you may be eligible for compensation for the financial and emotional costs of the collision. Call the Black Belt Law Center, P.C. today for a consultation at (866) JTLAW-66.