Auto accident laws differ across the country. No matter where you live, or what state you happen to be in, it is important to familiarize yourself with your local auto collision law. This will help you make a much more informed decision when it comes time to making a claim and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Most states now have some form of car accident laws on the books. In fact, in many states, you may even be able to file a personal injury case right away if you were injured as a result of a car crash. In the US, there are twelve no fault states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Each state has different no fault auto accident laws.
In most states, if you are found to be at fault in an accident, you may be entitled to a settlement of the damages that resulted from your no fault insurance or liability auto accident. In addition to this, many states allow you to file a personal injury claim against the other driver who was at fault for the accident. Some states even allow you to file a lawsuit against the other party in order to seek compensation. In these instances, the other party may be held liable for medical bills, lost wages, and other similar financial losses due to your injuries. Your insurance company may not be.
Some states such as California, have no fault auto accident laws in place, however. In these instances, the person who was at fault in the accident may be held liable for their own injuries as well as the injuries of others, regardless of who is responsible for the accident.
Some states also have no fault auto collision law that requires a vehicle that has been damaged as a result of an accident to be taken off the road until the repairs have been made. If you have been injured as a result of a vehicle accident, you may be eligible to take legal action against the driver who caused the accident. If your injuries were not the fault of the other party in the accident, you may be able to file a claim against the owner of the vehicle.
Many states also have laws requiring drivers to stop and remain stationary during traffic jams and parking lot accidents in order to avoid any further injury or harm being done to those in their way.
While they vary from one state to another, most states require a driver involved in a traffic accident to stay at the scene of the accident. This can be a problem because people are often driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and may be under the influence of any number of substances at the time of the crash. Therefore, if you are involved in an auto collision and you are injured as a result of a substance abuse or intoxication, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver who caused the accident if you are deemed to be partially responsible for the accident. If the driver of the other vehicle is found at fault in the accident, it is highly likely that the judge in your case will rule in your favor on the basis of intoxication.
The amount of compensation awarded to you for vehicle damage claims often varies greatly between the different states. Depending on how badly your injuries are and how badly your vehicle was damaged, it may even depend on the value of the vehicle itself. Therefore, it is important to consult a lawyer that is familiar with the auto insurance laws that govern your state before filing a claim for compensation.