Spinal Cord Injury and Car Accidents: Establishing Blame
Because accidents are, after all by their very nature, accidental, establishing fault and liability can be very complex.
Spinal cord injury claims are highly complicated and very technical. This is even more apparent when it comes to those that have been caused on the road. Today, in the UK alone, 324 people will attain a spinal cord injury through a Road Traffic Accident. In some scenarios, it can also be the case that whoever is considered to have technically caused the accident, may not be legally to blame and, therefore, liable for any damage caused.
For instance, if a vehicle was to veer into another lane and to then brake, then if said vehicle was hit from the rear, more often than not, the second car in this situation will carry most of the fault on the premise that a safe braking distance was not maintained. Consequently, precisely establishing fault and liability is very important to any spinal cord injury road traffic accident case.
Once involved in a car accident of this nature there are a few things that you can do, as discussed below, to help ensure your case is as strong as possible and that the person who is truly at fault is held accountable:
Car Accidents and Who's to Blame: Gather your Evidence
If you are involved in any form of a car accident on the road, even if you believe you are to blame, the first and most important thing to start doing is to gather evidence from the collision scene that may be vital to settling any case.
It is crucial to make sure that photos are taken of all vehicles involved and from different angles, all persons that may have been injured and any damage to properties or street furniture. In addition, if any one driver inadvertently admits liability, it is imperative that this is recorded and if there were any witnesses to the car accident, ensure that their contact details are recorded so that they can be called upon for a statement at a later stage, if required. If you are injured, try to get a passer-by to gather this evidence for you.
Car Accidents and Who's to Blame: Admitting Fault
It is crucial that if you are involved in a car accident, even if you truly believe that you are at complete fault, that you do not admit liability at the scene of the accident. Not only, in many scenarios, would this breach your agreement with your insurer, but it is highly probable that, following any accident, your adrenaline levels will be unusually high and as a result it is likely that you may say something that you do not truly mean.
If you accept to have caused the accident at the scene there will probably be many witnesses to this admission and if you have indeed sustained a serious life changing injury, such as to your spinal cord, your chances of winning any independence sustaining compensation will be greatly diminished. It is much better to leave establishing liability and fault to the trained professionals, such as those at Aspire Law.
Spinal Cord Injury and Car Accidents: Your Compensation Claim
If, as the result of a car accident, you sustain a spinal cord injury, a successful compensation claim can mean the world. As we know, especially with the recent debacle regarding the government’s proposed cuts to welfare benefits, that adjusting to live and living with a disability does not come cheap. One way to manage these added living costs is to secure a compensation payment if the car accident in question was not wholly your fault.
It is completely understood that even if you were to receive all the money in the world that it would not turn the clock back, but with the correct help to secure a fair financial settlement this really can be life changing and help to ensure that you and your family are able to maintain as normal a level of independence as possible and that a good standard of living is preserved.
Spinal Cord Injury and Car Accidents: Do You Have A Claim?
If you, or someone you know, has sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, and that you do believe it was not entirely your fault — even if you indeed feel partly responsible — then you could be entitled to a transformative compensation sum.
If you were the passenger in a car accident where such an injury was sustained and it was your partner or someone else close to you driving and they are at fault, it is still worth making a claim. Although it will be personally against them, in the end, it will be their insurer paying out if compensation is won, and this really is a lifeline for spinal cord injury individuals that cannot be ignored.
How Aspire Law Can Help You
Whatever the cause of your accident, it's well worth getting in touch with us, at Aspire Law, and speaking to one of our solicitors about your situation. We work quickly and efficiently to maximise the compensation award for our clients in the shortest possible timeframe, as we understand the immeasurable difference that it can make to you and your family.
Different injuries require different levels of care, rehabilitation and support. Our team understands how varied and complex the individual requirements of our clients and their family can be and this is why we work in partnership with the National Spinal Cord Injury charity, Aspire. This partnership has allowed us to develop a service that recognises all of the difficulties caused by Spinal Cord Injury and the adjustments required in order to regain a level of independence, as well as fully understanding the legalities involved.
We have successfully settled many claims where our client was partly to blame for the accident that led to their injury. It is important that you get in touch quickly because this will enable us to speak to as many witnesses as possible whilst recollection of the accident is still fresh in their minds.