The Rights of Victims: Taking Legal Action

The Rights of Victims: Taking Legal Action

Car accidents are some of the biggest problems on the road, but they happen far more often than they should. Most of the time, these situations are a result of someone’s negligent and reckless actions leading to a significant accident and potential injuries sustained.

For victims, there are a number of questions they may have following the crash, but knowing exactly what rights they may have is not something of which they are typically aware. However, knowing what you can do after a crash is important.

The Right to Seek Legal Action

Before you are able to seek legal action, you should speak with a lawyer who can help you fully understand what options you may have. This typically includes knowing who may be at fault and proving liability.

Liability is proven via four different factors. First, it must be shown that the responsible party had a duty of care to the victim. That duty of care must have been breached by a negligent action, and that breach must have caused the accident. And finally, it must be shown that the accident was the direct cause of the injuries.

Proving liability may allow you to seek damages from the negligent party.

What Damages May Be Available?

In car accident cases, there are various damages that may be sought in legal matters. These include the following:

  • Economic damages: These are considered any damages that have direct monetary loss caused by the accident. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and property damage.
  • Non-economic damages: These are those damages that do not have any monetary value, but still impact the victim’s life. For instance, this could be awarded for pain and suffering and emotional distress that may be experienced.

If you’re injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need to have someone to represent you and protect your rights to seek the damages to which you are entitled. This makes hiring a strong legal advocate one of your top priorities.

At Easley & Houseal PLLC, our Arkansas car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time. You have rights and we want to protect them. Trust that we use our nearly 60 years of experience to help guide you step-by-step throughout the entire process.

Call us at (870) 330-0015 today and discover your potential rights and options.

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