Welcome to LegalAdvice.com expert page on the topic of Accident Law. Accident law covers many different types of accidents including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents and more.
The word “accident” is derived from the Latin verb’ accidere’ which signifies “to fall upon, happenstance or chance”. Accident law comprises the rules that assign responsibility for personal or property damage that results from an accident. The importance of understanding who is at fault and is considered ‘liable’ is an important component of accident law.
The importance of determining ‘fault’ and ‘liability’ is an important determination after a car accident. Furthermore, the insurance laws of each state will vary as to whether ‘fault’ or ‘no fault’ insurance come into play. Typically an insurance company will be involved in the settlement process and assess if there are any limits on the amount of immediate compensation.
The motorcycle and licensing laws that regulate operation of a motorcycle are determined by state law. State laws typically determine the age of which a person must be in order to operate or ride a motorcycle. Certain state laws may require a safety helmet, safety glasses or goggles, or a face shield. It is also common for state laws to mandate specific equipment on a motorcycle such as brakes on both wheels, headlights, license plate lights and other parts as articulated by applicable state law.
Hiring the right attorney to represent you in an accident lawsuit will require some degree of leg-work and research the assess the legitimacy of any legal claim. It is not uncommon that a person does not know when is the right time to hire a lawyer after an accident. It is important to hire a qualified accident law attorney early so as to avoid any costly mistakes. At the same time, hiring an attorney can be costly if insurance does not cover the cost of such representation. It is important for an attorney to understand who is at fault after an accident since most attorneys will take a case on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning that they will not be paid unless they win.