What are my legal options if the accident wasn’t my fault?
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you have a variety of legal options. Assuming not too much time has passed since the time of the crash and the time you decided to do something about it, you can file a claim against the other person’s insurance company. Try to get your medical bills paid and your property damage fixed. You can try to fight them yourself, and sometimes that’s successful, sometimes it’s not. Many times, if it’s a very significant claim, it won’t be successful, because they will sort of fight you and try to undervalue everything that you’ve gone through. What’s probably the best option in the circumstances is to hire an attorney to help guide you through the process. Sometimes the attorney will be able to recognize things that you wouldn’t think of. They would be able to know legal hurdles that may exist to you recovering money, from the insurance company either in a settlement or if you have to take the case to court, they will be able to file the lawsuit on your behalf and go to a trial. It really depends on the circumstances. The most important thing to do, if it’s not your fault, is to take action quickly, because there are time limits on how long you have to file a claim after you get into a crash.