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Understanding Liability in College Campus Car Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

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Who is Liable After an Injury Accident on Campus?

Determining who is liable is a critical part of seeking compensation for damages after a campus car accident. The process involves identifying who was at fault for what occurred. The at-fault party must be clearly identified. 

Types of Evidence Establishing Liability in a Campus Car Accident

The evidence reviewed to establish liability can include police reports, accident scene videos and images, dashcam videos, skid marks, the condition of the vehicles involved, eyewitness interviews, and other facts. In some college campus car accidents, alcohol and drug testing evidence or cellphone data will reveal vital information about the driver’s behavior and condition.

How is Liability Determined?

While some campus car accident cases are relatively straightforward, others are very complicated. Representing the injured in these cases will require the skills of a talented litigator who has access to the resources necessary to establish liability, including accident reconstruction experts and investigators. At The Scott Pryor Law Group, we have achieved incredible success in severe car accident cases, and we offer a free case evaluation.

What to Do If You Are Offered a Settlement

Insurance companies are not humanitarian organizations but are profit-based businesses that answer to executives and shareholders. The less they pay out, the higher their profits. These companies employ various techniques to reduce the value of claims. They may even assert the responsible driver was not liable for the collision. If a settlement is offered, particularly in a case involving serious or catastrophic injuries, the amount is often much lower than the victim deserves – or will need to make the most of life in the years ahead. Never accept a settlement offer in a case of serious injuries without consulting with a car accident attorney who can professionally value your case.

What Types of Compensation Can be Pursued?

Cases of serious or catastrophic injuries typically involve high-value settlements or jury awards. The factors that will be evaluated require both medical and financial experts. The impact on the individual’s health, well-being, and abilities can last a lifetime. The compensation sought by your lawyer will include all financial losses, both now and in the future, including lost income and reduced earning capacity. Pain and suffering and loss of quality of life are given a dollar value, often the largest portion of a settlement or jury award. In some rare cases, punitive damages (intended to punish or deter) may be awarded. 

Types of Campus Car Accident Injuries

A minor fender-bender will not be of great concern other than an annoyance. However, when a campus car accident leads to serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries, the situation requires the assistance of an attorney to ensure fair and full compensation. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a campus car accident include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Fractures
  • Disfiguring facial lacerations
  • Burns

A staggering number of car accidents take place on college campuses. The statistics are reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A study revealed the shocking number of injury accidents occurring on college campuses across the country. These collisions include fatalities from alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related accidents. With over 80 fatal accidents in a recently reported year and countless injury collisions, the facts indicate this is not a minor problem but an issue of serious concern. Families who have lost a loved one in a college campus accident can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.

The Scott Pryor Law Group is Here to Help You Seek Justice

After a campus car accident, life can be changed forever. At The Scott Pryor Law Group, our lead attorney is ranked in the top 1% of litigators in the nation. When his firm takes on a case, they pour all their resources into pursuing justice for the people they serve. For a free case evaluation, reach out to the firm at (404) 474-7122.

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