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December 11, 2019

Who Do I Sue After a Car Accident?

Finding fault after a car crash can be a complicated process without help. It may seem like it should simply be the other driver, but some cases aren’t so clear and simple.

Before you file your claim, it’s best to ask yourself if you’re suing the right person after your car accident. The answer might surprise you—it’s not always the person who caused your accident. Finding exactly who’s liable for your injuries isn’t easy, but it’s essential to your ability to recover fair compensation.

At Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP, we want to make sure you find the right defendant fast. If you’re not sure who you’ll need to sue after your auto wreck, contact our firm for help.

The Other Driver

You might have been struck by another driver who was heading home or to work, just like you. These cases are usually clear: The other driver is responsible for his or her actions, and he or she injured you through carelessness.

California is a “fault” state for auto insurance, meaning that you’ll need to prove to the other driver’s insurer that the other driver is at fault for the accident, rather than letting your own insurance company handle your damages.

That means you can expect trouble getting a settlement from the insurer. You may receive a low settlement offer, or the insurer may try to refuse to settle altogether. This is where a qualified car accident lawyer can help immensely.

The Other Driver’s Employer

Not every driver is independent. You might have been hit by a delivery person, cab driver, trucker, or other professional on the road.

Determining blame in such cases will require more research. While the driver caused your crash, he or she was at work when it happened, which may mean your damages are the responsibility of the driver’s employer.

Suing a corporation can be difficult. You may not know where to start, and you’ll need to be sure that you have a solid claim before you begin. This is where a lawyer will be especially helpful—an attorney can help you identify the driver’s employer and name the company in your claim.

Help with Your Car Accident Claim

Determining who’s responsible for your crash isn’t easy. You may know which person caused your accident, but who do you sue after a car accident? The driver, the driver’s employer, a government road authority, an auto manufacturer? There’s a long list of potential at-fault parties.

As important as this question is for your claim, it’s easy to make the wrong decision and set your case back. Fortunately, an experienced lawyer with Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP can help.

If you’re struggling to determine who’s responsible for your injuries, you may need the services of a qualified auto accident attorney. Contact us to get started with a free consultation. Call us at 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the form below.

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