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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Accidents


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The accident attorneys at Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson frequently represent people who have been injured in accidents. Car wrecks, medical mishaps, and falls can frequently devastate a family. In those circumstances, the injured party has a right to sue the negligent person or company. The injured party can recover medical expenses, lost wages, damage to future earning capacity, and pain and suffering damages.


Below are some frequently asked questions regarding accidents. If you have further questions or you've recently been injured in an accident, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation today.


  1. What compensation can I receive if I’ve been in a car accident? If you are in a car accident caused by someone else, you could recover damages in the form of lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Even if the accident is your fault, you may have insurance coverage for the damages you sustain.

  2. What if I’m in a car accident without insurance? If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

  3. Can I receive compensation if I’ve been in a motorcycle accident? If you are a motorcycle rider and are in an accident caused by someone else, you are entitled to damages just as if you were in a car. This can include lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

  4. What if I’m in a motorcycle accident without insurance? If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

  5. Can I receive compensation if I’ve been in a truck accident? If you are in a truck accident caused by someone else, you could recover damages in the form of lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Even if the accident is your fault, you may have insurance coverage for the damages you sustain.

  6. What if I’m in a truck accident without insurance? If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

  7. How does the criminal or traffic case relate to a personal injury claim or lawsuit? A criminal or traffic charge can impact a civil suit for personal injury. If the crime or traffic charge arises out of the same facts and circumstances which create civil liability, a conviction or guilty plea on such charges can be used against the offender in a civil proceeding. But, being found not guilty of criminal charges or traffic violations does not absolve the offender of liability for damages caused to another in a civil proceeding. They are different standards.

  8. Can I obtain the cell phone records of the driver? Cell phone records can typically be obtained by subpoena to the cell service provider. Those records are not confidential or protected from the subpoena powers of the court, and the records can be used against you.

  9. How can I prove the other driver was responsible? Lawyers skilled in personal injury actions arising from a motor vehicle incident use various tools and techniques to establish the liability of the driver causing the damages. These can rely on many sources of evidence including witness testimony, video camera footage, accident reconstruction, and expert witness testimony.