When you have been involved in an auto accident and sustained significant injuries, from a legal stand point, it’s the person who caused the accident who will be held responsible and they are required to compensate you for any damages to your body as well as your car.
It’s however noteworthy that these suits are usually not open and shut cases because the burden of proof will mostly fall on the victim. This essentially means that it’s upon you to prove that the other driver was negligent and caused the accident as a result.
We are therefore going to briefly look at what you must prove in an auto accident injury suit.
You must prove that it was the driver’s duty to be cautious
Reason dictates that once you are behind the wheel, it becomes your responsibility to ensure that you don’t endanger other road users be they motorists or pedestrians. Legally speaking however, it must be demonstrated in a court of law that the person behind the wheel actually had the responsibility of safeguarding other motorists.
You must demonstrate negligence
Once you have been able to convince the court that the responsibility to be cautious indeed fell on the driver, you must now prove that it was through their negligence that they caused the accident. This will require providing evidence such as pictures, video or witness statements showing the driver ignoring traffic lights, a stop sign, a speed limit sign and so on.
You must demonstrate that your injuries were a direct result of the accident
The court will not just take your word that the injuries you sustained were a direct result of the accident, you must produce evidence to demonstrate this. Such evidence will include photos or video from the scene as well as the doctor’s statement.
Once you have been able to prove all these in front of court the next step will be for you to demonstrate to the court the monetary value of these injuries so that it can be determined what you are actually owed.