You’re in an accident. The other driver was drunk and subsequently convicted of a DUI charge. Is he/she at fault? Is your case a slam dunk?
Establishing proof is an important part of both civil and criminal cases, but as any attorney will tell you, proving your case is easier said than done. When there is the concurrence of both civil and criminal litigation surrounding the same case, however, criminal charges can weigh heavily on the outcome of a civil lawsuit and speed up the judgment and settlement to the benefit of the plaintiff. Here’s how.
A serious accident can put your life on hold.
What It Takes to Win a Criminal Case
In a criminal trial, the prosecution is required to prove that the defendant committed an act beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that when presented with a body of evidence, a guilty verdict is handed down because no reasonable doubt exists based on the facts.
Insurance adjusters have been trained to follow procedures that protect the interests of the insurance company. While most adjusters want to fairly settle a claim, the procedures they must follow sometimes tip the scales in favor of the company at the expense of the victim.
The following are four common insurance adjuster tricks that lawyers warn against:
1. “Fairly Addressing Damages”
The impression insurance adjusters try to leave is that they will fairly address your damages. An innocent victim will commonly mistake in believing the insurance company when they say, “we accept responsibility”, and that the offer for their damages will be “fair”.
Did you know that in more than 90% of San Diego car accidents are the result of human error? Sure, there is no such thing as a “perfect” driver – but let’s face it, every one of us could improve at least one aspect of their driving. Observation, anticipation, less distraction, or just learning the rules of the road – all can reduce the risk of becoming yet another roadway statistics in 2014.
As one of the areas most experienced car accident lawyers, I know that roughly 10 million people are involved in car accidents each year. According to the CDC, auto accidents are also the leading cause of death for teenagers. There is simply no denying that car accidents are responsible for needless injury, death, and grief every single year.