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Does a small driving mistake prevent you from filing a lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | Car Accidents |

People in Alabama get hurt in car crashes frequently. Injuries ranging from broken bones to amputations can put people in the hospital after a collision. Often, car insurance takes care of the majority of expenses from a vehicle wreck. 

Liability coverage can pay for property damage and the consequences of physical injuries. However, some drivers don’t carry enough insurance to cover the full costs of a crash, and others let their policies lapse. 

Especially if the crash causes massive medical issues, like spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries, those hurt in the crash may want to file a civil lawsuit against the driver blamed for the wreck. Does your own mistake prior to the collision affect your rights in court? 

Contributory negligence is a big concern in Alabama

For you to hold someone else financially and legally accountable for the consequences of a car crash, you need to show that the other driver was at fault. They will have the opportunity to defend themselves in court. They may try to avoid responsibility by pointing the finger at you. 

If the other driver can show that your negligence or bad driving habits contributed to the crash even a little bit, the courts may bar you from securing compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Something as simple as failing to use your turn signal could impact your right to file a claim in civil court.

Understanding the rules that apply to those affected by car crash injuries can help you avoid mistakes that could limit how much compensation you receive after getting hurt.

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