Auto accidents are a top cause of fatalities throughout the United States. Getting involved in a car crash is also a leading cause of brain injury and spinal cord injury. The consequences of a collision can be very serious and can change your life forever.
If you or a loved one was hurt or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you need to understand the laws that protect you. When another driver was at fault for the crash, you can pursue a claim for compensation. An auto accident attorney at Howell & Christmas can provide you with legal representation if your accident happened in St. George or surrounding areas. Call today to speak with a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer with experience in motor vehicle collision cases.
Taking Legal Action
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a recent report indicating that the total annual cost of motor vehicle collisions is $871 billion per year in the United States. Those who are involved in a crash or who lose loved ones know that the personal costs they face are immeasurable. Not only do victims experience actual financial damage due to medical bills and injuries making work difficult or impossible, but there is also the cost of a lost relationship with a deceased loved one, a reduction in quality of life due to injuries, or ongoing pain.
You do not have to simply bear the burden of these costs. If any other person or company was wholly or partly responsible for causing your St George car wreck, you can take legal action. You may:
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company responsible for covering losses: Drivers, trucking companies and others who may be held accountable for collisions are usually insured. The insurance company will negotiate with your car accident lawyer if the insurer accepts blame for the collision. If you agree to a settlement, you will receive a sum of money in exchange for signing a promise not to sue.
- File a civil lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death: You have to file the case in the appropriate court and you must prove the defendant was to blame. Howell & Christmas will be there for you at every step of your trial, assisting with the investigation, court filings and presentation of evidence to a jury.
Only you can decide what the right option is for taking legal action. Many people want to avoid the stress of a trial and will settle, but you should always have a lawyer review paperwork before you sign since you cannot change your mind and pursue a claim later.
Howell & Christmas attorneys have decades of collective experience representing clients after motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one was hurt in the St. George area, give us a call today to speak with an experienced member of our legal team. Arrange a FREE consultation now.