A quick glance at negligence law may give a car accident victim the impression that a personal injury lawsuit is pretty straight-forward. In many ways it is. However, the intricacies of the legal system and legal rules can complicate matters tremendously. Car accident victims need to know how to handle tough legal issues in a way that protects their claim, as a failure to do so could lead to a win for the defense and an inability to raise an adequate appeal.
Illinois law says that if you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you can hold that person liable through a personal injury lawsuit. But how do you prove that the defendant was responsible? You have to provide evidence, according to state or federal rules of evidence. Like so many things in the law, the rules of evidence seem relatively simple, but get more complex the more you look into them.
We all know that drunk driving is a huge problem across our country. Yet, drugged driving is becoming prevalent, too. Motorists who are under the influence of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics can be dangerous when behind the wheel. These drugs' effects can seriously impair a driver's abilities by slowing reaction time, limiting attention, altering depth perception and curtailing one's ability to maintain his or her lane. When a motorist is under the influence of drugs, he or she can cause a car accident that causes serious injuries and death.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, protecting the safety of those who respond to roadside emergencies to help accident victims is important, if not essential. In fact, our Illinois motorists have likely seen first responders attending to the needs of accident victims on the roadways and highways. Sadly, NHTSA notes that first responders can get injured while helping others because other motorists may not be aware of what to do when they see an emergency vehicle standing on the side of the road with its lights on.