Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have ever suffered because of a vehicle collision, there are things you must do in a timely fashion following the accident to ensure that you receive the fairest compensation for your injuries. Below you will find a checklist that will not only protect your rights but will aid you in seeking compensation from the insurance agency.
- Make sure there is a police report on file.
- Obtain all witness contact information.
- Pursue immediate medical treatment/attention.
- Describe your injuries as detailed as possible.
- Get Comprehensive Diagnostic Tests
- Do not talk or give statements to any insurance company — even your own.
- Hire a skilled attorney.
- Keep a log that exemplifies your injuries, experiences, medical treatment and expenses
- Finish therapy and all medical appointments.
- The process is long but be patient.
How we can help
- Uninsured Motorist
- Rear-End Collisions
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Intersection Collisions
- Freeway and Highway
- Head On Collisions
- Driving Under the Influence
- Impaired Drivers
Uninsured accidents are one of the most common types of vehicle and motorist accidents due to the fact that many people lack car insurance. These types of people include but are not limited to — those who are in the country illegally, those who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and cannot afford insurance, and the individuals who forget to pay for their insurance and allow their coverage to backslide. If you or someone you know ever encounters an accident caused by an uninsured driver, you are left with two options.
The first option is to seek personal assets from the uninsured driver. The second option is to declare an uninsured motorist claim. Nonetheless, the second option will only be beneficial if you have uninsured motorist coverage or were in the same car as an individual who has an uninsured motorist policy that protects you as well.
In most cases, the first option is both frustrating and a waste of time. Individuals who have assets tend to have insurance for their assets, which proves the theory that if a person cannot afford vehicle insurance, then they cannot afford other insurances as well. In other words, it is very unlikely for an uninsured motorist to have assets that can be used as compensation for your injuries or damage done to your vehicle. Additionally, this process generally takes years because you are seeking to collect someone’s personal property or belongings due to the reason that it requires a valuation of assets at a certain time, and by the time the assets have been valued, the person whom the assets belong to, might not have access to the assets years down the line. The sole reason it would make sense for a claimant to pursue the process of attaining an uninsured motorist’s assets would be if (1) the injuries are severe and (2) the driver at fault has substantial assets.
The second option is to file an uninsured motorist claim. As previously mentioned, this option is only valid if you have uninsured motorist coverage or are covered under someone else’s policy. In most circumstances, the claim will be filed against your own insurance agency. This creates a sense of tension between you and your insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for paying you a compensation as low as they possibly can to settle your claim. Your insurance company, in turn, will discredit and question the extent of your injuries, the cost of the medical treatment that was performed, and the overall compensation you are attempting to claim. It is very important to have a competent attorney that can depict and exemplify your concerns.
If the options discussed prior are not available, there are still a number of avenues you can travel in order to recover for your losses. The vehicle accident may have been a result of construction or poor roadway conditions. It could be possible that the accident was caused by third-party interference. Maybe the accident was provoked by a mechanical defect in the other motorist’s vehicle. In circumstances where the possibilities of detecting faults are endless, you may be entitled to financial compensations from not only the at-fault driver, but also any third-party aside from him that may have had an impact on the accident.
If you or someone you know was involved in an accident involving an uninsured driver, your best option is to consult with a competent and capable attorney to assess all of your options. The attorneys at the Haque Law, PLLC have proficient knowledge and experience in handling these types of motorist claims. Contact our team today for a free consultation and speak to one of our attorneys, at no cost to you, about your case.
Rear-end collisions are caused by an array of conditions. For instance, a driver may have seen something on the road that distracted him/her and the driver, being distracted for a short yet pivotal moment, failed to be aware of his/her surroundings and hits the rear end of the vehicle ahead of him/her. Perhaps, a driver was on his phone texting and failed to be aware of his surroundings. It could even be possible that a driver was just changing stations on the radio. Whatever the circumstance may be, the driver who caused the impact from behind — the driver who hits the rear-end of another vehicle — is presumed to be at fault.
In certain cases, however, this method is not always accurate. Regularly, insurance companies will place fault on the driver whose car was hit. Insurance agencies will try to validate the claim that maybe it was the driver in front, who braking suddenly, caused another car to hit him/her, and for that reason, they are at fault. Additionally, they can strengthen their claim by analyzing the scene of the accident and inspecting where the front driver’s car’s location was in respect to any location where it would be appropriate for the vehicle to stop. If there was no reason for the first vehicle to have braked abruptly, liability is debated.
Rear-end collisions can cause multiple, severe injuries. Low-impact collisions tend to yield sprains of the back and neck. In higher-impact collisions, however, injuries are more severe and include, among others: internal injuries such as internal bleeding, broken ribs, etc., fractures, slipped discs, and compression injuries as a result of the pressure of airbags.
Nonetheless, in almost every case, insurance companies will question the injuries that result from rear-end collisions. These insurance companies are equipped with biased ‘tests’ that are performed by companies hired by the insurance agencies themselves. These examinations that analyze the injuries that arise from a rear-end collision are done to minimize the damage to benefit the insurance company’s valuation of your losses. For this reason, these ‘tests’ do not hold accuracy in their validation because they do not account for the fact that accidents are not planned but instead happen unexpectedly. At the time of an accident, a driver’s body is relaxed. They are not expecting to be hit, which ultimately leaves them being pinballed inside a vehicle as their body moves with the impact of the collision.
The damage on the vehicle does not run parallel with the driver’s injuries. Many vehicles that people drive today are equipped to handle impact from both front and rear-end collisions. Thus, the lack of damage to the vehicle will persuade insurance companies that the collision was not as bad as the claimant argues, ultimately discrediting their claim.
If you or someone you know is ever affected by a rear-end collision, it is vital that you have an experienced attorney representing you. The attorneys at Haque Law, PLLC have both knowledge and experience with handling rear-end collision settlements. Contact our attorney today for a free consultation.
Hit and runs are the most frustrating situations to find yourself in. The biggest challenge of being involved in a hit and run is finding adequate insurance that will cover the injuries. Most uninsured motorist policies cover hit and run accidents, so if you have coverage under your own insurance policy or are under someone else’s, you should file a claim.
When you declare an uninsured motorist claim under your own insurance policy, you are already being given less than what you expect. In other words, your insurance company will want to pay you as little as possible while still maintaining the image of how much they care. The insurance agent is valued for how much money he or she can save the insurance company, thus the agent is not worried about offering you a fair settlement, and will pay you as little as possible to settle your claim.
If uninsured motorist coverage is not available to you, or the coverage your policy offered is not sufficient enough to cover the cost of medical attention for your injuries, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. If you can find evidence that finds the vehicle that hit you and then fled, your settlement may substantially increase. An investigation of where the accident happened can be examined through surveillance footage from shopping centers or malls, obtaining witnesses that were on the scene, or finding surveillance footage through city cameras.
If you or someone you know suffered from a hit and run collision, it is vital that you speak to a skilled attorney about your options. The attorneys at Haque Law, PLLC have experience in handling all types of vehicle accidents and may be of help to you. Contact us today, and one of our attorneys will be ready to discuss your case at no cost to you.
Intersection collisions can be a result of several conditions. However, the most common type of intersection collisions involves the failure of yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) reports over 2 million intersection accidents a year.
When a driver fails to yield the right of way at an intersection, the results can be catastrophic. Intersection collisions generate severe injuries to the drivers that are involved. As a result, the drivers may become overpowered by medical bills, loss of income due to not working, physical and emotional trauma, and permanent side effects.
These types of accidents almost always yield a liability dispute. It is not uncommon for the at-fault driver to claim responsibility in these situations. Both parties will suffer from hearsay, despite efforts from police enforcement investigating the collision. If the police find who they believe at fault, their report can still be challenged.
There is a lot to lose when liability is debated. If you are deemed at fault, you may not be entitled to financial compensation from the other driver for your own injuries. Moreover, the other driver may file more claims against you. If you are not sufficiently insured, and the other driver is successful in all of his claims against you, your future earnings and personal assets may be at risk.
With these circumstances, it is important to have an attorney by your side. The attorneys here at the Haque Law, PLLC handle vehicle accident cases on a regular basis. We have the tools and strategies to help you win these cases. If you or someone you know was recently involved in an intersection collision, contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your case at no cost to you.
Freeway and highway accidents tend to revolve around the same theme: a collision at high speed. High speed crashes yield the most catastrophic injuries on both the body and mind. When these types of accidents occur, insurance companies combatively defend them because the stakes are too high.
If a compelling insurance policy is involved, insurance companies will likely perform investigations. They will hire investigators and send them to analyze the scene and the vehicles involved in the accident. Additionally, investigators will take witness statements and search for surveillance or images they can use to help examine the accident. These investigators, however, are not there to work for you. They are hired by insurance companies, so they are biased in what they are looking for.
It is very important to save any evidence that is beneficial to you and your case. It is equally important that you perform an investigation of your own early on as well. The longer you wait to perform an investigation, the more likely it is that evidence favoring you has either been removed or tampered with. The Haque Law, PLLC regularly seeks the help of investigators to save and maintain evidence regarding high-stakes cases.
The evidence gotten at early stages in a case may be the breaking or making point in winning and losing that case. Evidence can be used to debate the accuracy and validity of police reports. Like all people, police enforcement makes mistakes too. Our firm has found mistakes made in investigations based upon evidence found in the early stages alone.
Because high-speed collisions yield severe injuries, you may require hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation. These collisions cause injuries that surpass the injuries in low-impact collisions. Injuries that result from high-speed accidents tend to have lifelong and permanent effects. It is important that you find an attorney that is experienced in cases involving injuries.
These injuries you or someone you know may encounter will overwhelm a person as medical bills begin to pile high and you have no money to pay for it because you are not able to work because of your injuries. Apart from the physical toll, it takes on a person, the mental trauma that follows is not an easy phase. You may feel as if you have lost your purpose and cannot provide for yourself and your family anymore. To make matters worse, the financial stability can be lessened even more that an injured victim may need help from family members to care for him or her.
If you were involved in a freeway or highway collision, and as a result, bear severe injuries, you need an attorney that will fight for you. The failure to hire the wrong attorney can result in you never receiving proper compensation. The attorneys at Haque Law, PLLC have experience at surpassing the obstacles presented in these cases. Call us today for a free, at no cost to you, consultation so an attorney can discuss your case with you.
The injuries that arise from head-on collisions are extremely detrimental because it involves two vehicles who both are accelerating upon impact. It is common for airbags to dispatch in head-on collisions, which cause a multitude of injuries alone. Airbags can not only break or fracture bones, but the impact at which they rupture can leave individuals with burns and bruises as well.
In situations where airbags are not deployed, an individual may suffer even worse injuries. Above all, the main injury that results from the failure of an airbag deploying is the trauma of the head or brain injuries. Injuries to the face can occur from whiplash, jolting the driver to hit one’s head on the steering wheel or windshield. Additionally, these head injuries impact the spine of the individual resulting in more injuries.
Victims of head-on collisions are eminently traumatized due to the fact they are facing the other car prior to impact. They are aware that an accident is about to occur and realize that they have no power to stop it. As a reflex, the only thing left to do is for the driver to brace him/herself and prepare for impact. These accidents leave long-term effects on their victims including the fear of getting behind a wheel again, panic attacks, and insomnia. Victims of head-on collisions describe their experience as a picture etched into their memory: a memory that can never be forgotten.
If you or someone you know was involved in a head-on collision, it is critical that you have an attorney representing you that is both skilled and experienced in working with head-on collision cases. The attorneys at Haque Law, PLLC are here to help. Call us for a free consultation and discuss your options with one of our attorneys today.
If you have ever suffered from a car accident as a result of a drunk driver or a driver driving under the influence of any other drug(s), it is important you speak to an attorney. Lawsuits involving drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs have two distinct differences that set them apart from normal accidents. Firstmost, these cases involve a criminal case with the driver at fault. Secondly, these cases allow the opportunity to seek disciplinary actions and sentences.
The state ensues criminal charges in cases that involve vehicle accidents caused by drunk or under the influence drivers. In their execution, testimonies and admissions are deliberated and plea deals, if offered, are agreed to. In special situations, the evidence obtained by the state may favor you in your injury case.
While the criminal case is pending, the opposing driver’s attorney may try to prevent you from progressing in your injury case. They are most likely to argue that the evidence obtained in the civil case (your injury case) may have harmful effects on the criminal case. Nonetheless, you should not wait to advance your own case. By waiting, you allow precious evidence to fade away. Memories fade, witnesses relocate or change contact information, witnesses may pass away, thus evidence is not only lost but is also discredited. Our attorneys are equipped to handle any drawback and can assure you that your injury case is accelerated and settled as soon as possible.
Cases involving drivers under the influence of alcohol or other drugs allow for punitive damages. Punitive damages are compensations given in addition to compensatory damages. In other words, the state may give you a larger compensation to punish the at-fault driver for their actions. This additional compensation is given separately from any compensation you were previously entitled to such as medical expenses, lost income, and emotional and mental trauma.
If you or someone you know was involved in a car accident caused by a driver under the influence, contact the Haque Law, PLLC today. Our attorneys are ready to discuss your case with you, at no cost to you.
In many cases, impaired driving accidents are similar to accidents involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. The biggest difference, however, is that the impaired driver is not drunk but under the influence of either illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, and OTC medications. Similarly, impaired drivers will be subject to criminal charges as they are in drunk driving accidents.
It is important you have a reliable attorney representing you. An attorney that is skilled and committed to winning your case will use information obtained against the impaired driver in the criminal case and use it as an asset for your injury case. It is common for an impaired driver to halt the injury case while the criminal case is still awaiting results, but the attorneys at Haque Law, PLLC are equipped to fight them if they persist. The longer your injury case is suspended, the chances of you receiving compensation are drastically lowered. Evidence can be lost and it can prove to be a struggle to reach out to important witnesses, ultimately weakening your case.
You are entitled to seek punitive damages in impaired driver cases. The court may award you additional compensation as a punishment for the other side. This extra compensation is given in addition to the money you are granted for medical expenses, lost income, etc.
The attorneys at the Haque Law, PLLC have extended experience in handling cases with impaired drivers. If you or someone you know has been affected by the acts of an impaired driver, call us today for a free, at no cost to you, consultation today and discuss your options with one of our skilled attorneys.
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