Sometimes, people hesitate to file a lawsuit because they’re afraid that the wreck that they got into was somehow their fault. Quite often, this is not at all the case.
Speaking with a good car accident attorney is the first step in determining whether or not you have good cause to sue. If you’re hesitating before talking to an auto wreck lawyer, consider the following.
“I failed to drive like a pro.”
No one expects you to. All you need to have done was take reasonable actions to avoid the wreck or have been driving as one would normally be expected to drive. If you didn’t manage to dodge a high-speed head-on wreck because you lacked the reflexes and training to do so, that doesn’t mean that you’re responsible for the accident happening in the first place. It may very well be just the opposite and the other driver may be wholly responsible.
“I didn’t see it coming.”
An accident, by definition, is something that you couldn’t have prevented or that you tried to prevent and that happened anyway. If you’re in a wreck, remember that there may be occasions where no one is at fault but, chances are, if someone caused the wreck and you had no warning, that doesn’t put the blame on you in any regard.
“Could have, should have, would have…”
Wondering what you could have done differently and getting caught up in it is only human. Remember, however, there does come a time when you have to assert yourself and realize that something bad that happened to you may not have been your fault at all. If this is the case, it’s on you to get over debating what you should have done and to move forward in your own interests. That may mean talking to a lawyer.
An attorney will be able to tell you if it’s sensible to press forward with a legal action against the other driver or drivers. If it is, you can let the weight off of your shoulders and let the attorney handle it for you. Once they have all of the facts together, they can start putting together a case. The defendant may even offer a settlement, if the case is strong enough. If not, don’t assume that going to court is going to be bad for you. It may be the best thing in the long run.