If a jury finds a motorist’s negligence or recklessness caused your loved one’s disability, serious injuries or death, it may result in a financial award that helps your family recover and move forward. In those tragic cases where a death occurred, section 6-5-410 of Alabama’s code allows a deceased’s estate to file a legal action on behalf of surviving family members.
The defendant’s legal team, however, may attempt to claim that your loved one caused the accident. As noted by WalletHub, your evidence needs to show how the defendant is 100% responsible. If the court finds your loved one partially liable in causing the collision, it may not award any damages.
What manner of evidence may the court review?
The court may request to see an official police report compiled from an investigation conducted at the scene of the accident. Law enforcement may review the footage from video cameras surrounding the location and include important details in its report.
If your loved one had a mobile device, its data may serve as proof that he or she did not cause the accident by talking on the phone. Law enforcement may retrieve time stamps from the last text messages and calls.
What type of financial award may a jury decide on?
Serious motor vehicle accidents require time and financial compensation to recover from injuries or the unanticipated loss of a loved one. The amount of a financial award in a car accident case may also serve as a form of punishment to warn other drivers to pay closer attention to the road. Referred to as punitive damages, this portion of a jury award may far exceed the actual compensatory amount.