How is cause or fault determined for auto accident injuries?

By |2022-01-06T17:13:25+00:00April 20th, 2017|

After suffering the trauma of a car accident, many may just want to forget that this incident ever happened. This is understandable, as one should focus on nursing oneself or a loved one back to health. While personal wellness is a great focus to have, medical expenses are not cheap and the combined lost wages can really do a number on a family’s finances.

If you suspect that another person or third-party was responsible for causing auto accidentinjuries, it may be possible to seek compensation. Everyone on the road is expected to uphold a duty of care on behalf of the safety of themselves and other motorists. If a person made an error that jeopardized a person’s health or safety and they are injured, victims and their families can seek damages.

Damages could be based on several components. First, and perhaps most importantly for the injured, damages can be sought to help pay for medical expenses that resulted after the accident. Also, serious injuries can result in a victim suffering pain and suffering that wouldn’t have happened if not for the car accident injury. Lost wages can be taken into account, especially if a person is disabled after car accident injury and can no longer continue to work.

A full investigation can help to reconstruct what happened to injure victim or a loved one the day of the auto accident. These reconstructions can help to prove fault. Sometimes it is immediately clear who is at fault. Even so, the injured party will still have to prove it in a court of law.

Source:, “What kind of damages may I claim for car accident injuries?,” Accessed April 17, 2017


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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