11 Things To Know To Maximize Settlements From Car Accident Lawsuits

Stories of car accidents can give you nightmares for weeks and if you were involved in one then the terror can haunt you for years.

Although what happened cannot be undone, you must file a personal injury lawsuit to seek justice and get compensated enough for the damages.

Frankly, there is no magical way to get the best compensation towards your injuries but sticking to these 11 pointers can strengthen your case and help you get the maximum settlement possible:

1. Ensure You Have The Best Insurance Possible

Your insurance can cover you to a large extent. And it does not harm to stay insured especially when you have a car and spend some daily hours on the road. The insurance you buy determines how much are you and your car are covered.

Buying insurance is an art and you should evaluate all options possible to choose the best one that you can afford.

2. Report The Incident to Authorities

Of course, there could be several ways to get hurt almost anywhere and car accidents are only one of those ways. But you should not make the mistake of not reporting the accident to the authorities that have to represent you in a court of law.

If you fail to do so, then the process will struggle, and you might face a lot of difficulties to get justice. So, immediately notify the various stakeholders.

3. Get In Touch With A Doctor

If you don’t find yourself injured, there is a high chance that you will not even see a doctor. But this is not the way to go. Professional medical advice is crucial for the analysis of any kind of injuries (major/minor) that you may have sustained during the accident.

Even if you don’t feel anything odd, keeping an eye for symptoms will do no harm. The overall purpose is to ensure your well-being after you have met with an accident.

4. Watch What You Talk And With Whom You Talk

After the accident, you will have multiple stakeholders in the case and so whatever you speak with them is very crucial. It may even affect the overall outcome of your case. So, watch what you say, with whom you speak and maintain a standard response with everyone.

Mixing up information or contradicting your dialogue can only land you in trouble later.

5. Legal Advice Must Be Sought Immediately

Most victims get thought of ignoring the legal procedure keeping in mind the tedious formalities and documentation required. But this should be the last thing on your mind. There is a reason law exists and you must leverage it to your advantage whenever you have a case.

Hiring an expert personal injury lawyer/law firm can make your life really easy and amplify your hopes of getting a settlement.

The earlier you do this, the better off you would be. Delaying this matter will not do you any good. Instead, it would dilute the case and the critical evidence that might be the winning factors for you in the case.

6. Be Conscious of Any Information You Share with Anyone Else:

There would be more people outside of the group involved in your personal injury case (could be your relatives, family, friends, colleagues, etc.).

You must remain very mindful of what information you are giving out to these individuals as it might indirectly impact the result of your case. Legal cases witness very intelligent stories that carry the potential to turn any case upside down.

7. Start Collecting Evidence To Support Your Claim:

Shreds of evidence can strengthen or weaken a legal case. They are very critical to achieve victory and must not be taken lightly at any cost. You must gear up to collect all the pieces of evidence possible that can aid your case.

These are lifelines that must be shared transparently with your trusted lawyer so that he can utilize them appropriately to drive the case in your favor.

For Example Photos and videos taken at the site of the accident can be very powerful pieces of evidence and should be preserved at all costs.

8. Take Note Of Statutes of Limitations

Remember, you will not have forever to file your case. In fact, in most states, there is a deadline from the date of the mishap to file your personal injury lawsuit.

If you don’t act within time, you lose the right to rightfully ask for any compensation thereafter. Also, your insurance company is not obligated to help you with claim settlements. So, the responsibility to act first lies on your shoulders.

9. Don’t Accept Money From Anyone

Many victims in the past have been offered money outside of the court to not file a lawsuit. That practice is illegal and will not hold you in a good light.

Also, it will expose you to risk from people that don’t want you to file lawsuits. Thus, it is best practice to avoid any such situation and keep the proceedings very legal and professional.

10. Notify The Other Party’s Insurer

A lot of situations turn out such that the party who’s at fault have insurance to deal with situations like these. It is in the best interest of both you and the other person to get in touch with his/her insurer and report the matter.

This way immediate guidance can be received on how to proceed. And even if it serves no help the effort would get you some information to go ahead with.

11. Stay Calm During Court Proceedings And Negotiations

The last thing you want to do is misbehave in court. Such cases do get you hot-headed but calm behavior can maximize your chances of getting a settlement.

The sympathy factor always supports the victim but rude behavior, unacceptable body language, and rooky attitude can cost you the case.

Conclusion:

So, if you find yourself filing a personal injury lawsuit against somebody that has caused you harm please keep the above 11 pointers in mind. They would certainly aid you in getting a handsome compensation through a legal settlement.…

Scrap over history website is a microcosm of the battle of history itself

With great passion, a website calling itself “History Is a Weapon” is embroiled in legal trouble concerning the online publishing of its favorite book, which is one of the two books upon which this website, Rapping History, is founded.

The book is A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and its publisher, Harper Collins, is rattling its sabre at the owners of the website for publishing copyrighted material.

With a pen somewhat poisoned, a writer at History is a Weapon, who is not named, complains to HarperCollins that the internet is not a bookstore, but “more like an ecosystem,” and that publishing the book online can only help sales. In fact, the letter says, Amazon ranks the book 169th of all books, which is not a small accomplishment.

History Is A Weapon describes itself as a “left counter-hegemonic education project,” and it sports historical writers such as Frederick Douglass and Theodore Roosevelt, and newer ones, such as Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, and Angela Davis. It is a popular website, judging from the ten thousand links coming from other websites, according to Google.

The website claims that their action is justified. “Howard Zinn gave us explicit permission before we did it,” it complains. “We asked him. At the time, we didn’t realize that we were going to put the whole book up, but he gave pretty much blanket permission to one of our participants.”

The website quotes HarperCollins as saying in a threatening letter, “neither HarperCollins, the Author, the Author’s agent, nor any provision of law, has authorized the publication and display of the Work on the Web Site.”

The whole squabble is a microcosm of one of the driving themes of Zinn’s book itself: money-hungry profiteers squelching the rights of ordinary people. The public simply wants access to helpful information, the website argues. What’s ironic is that the author himself has no rights to allow others to publish his own work. History simply repeats itself.…

Storytellers spin the past

“History isn’t what happened, but a story of what happened.”

This simple but profound statement, if properly understood, would make many a student take delight in learning history in high school or college. The line above comes from a website that publishes one of the books upon which this website is based: A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.

But alas, many students stare at the clock during history class, and while teachers may struggle to make the class relevant, there is really one key ingredient that makes history worthwhile. That is the experience of life, maturity, that allows a person to look at the events of the world and see that they are colored by how they are told to think of them.

In other words, when we are told that black slaves suffered enormous indignities while being carted from Africa to the seaports of the Caribbean, we sympathize with them, and even feel indignant toward their persecutors. But at the time it was happening, many people in the United States did not feel this way. Slaves were just seen as property, as inferior, and therefor as less human and thus less deserving than the privileged races.

The experience of life teaches us that there are gatekeepers of history, those who talk about — well, let’s be honest — they spin the past. They tell us in such subtle ways: here are the good guys and here are the bad guys. The gatekeepers are the storytellers, the molders of the mind. Today the gatekeepers are the media, such as television newscasters and newspaper writers. They are also academia, government, and other influencers of society. Let’s hope that the gatekeepers are good trail guides of our past.…

Dual Summary of American History

While liberal and conservative views of history may clash, now you can learn both views of history on a new website that gives a balanced perspective in poetic and musical forms.

The website, RappingHistory.org, is a new online resource available free of charge to anyone interested in American history. The site presents a dual summary of our nation’s past, referencing two popular history books — the liberal “People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, and the conservative “Patriot’s History of the United States” by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen — in a series of poetic segments set to a variety of musical forms.

“The primary goal is to make history more appealing to young people, and perhaps even entertaining,” stated its creator, Paul Buchheit, a Chicago teacher.

“Great care has been taken to faithfully represent the viewpoints of the respective authors,” Buchheit said. “The poetic passages are precisely structured in metered form, generally iambic hexameter.”

The musical selections, which have been added to represent the various time periods, are largely derived from public domain collections at the Internet Archives, and include classical and modern pieces, spirituals, and obscure recordings.

Students and classes are welcome to contribute musical interpretations to the site. Any original performance in any musical genre will be considered (see, for example, #1 and #3 and #5 on the left side of RappingHistory.org). Contributors will be acknowledged on the site.…

Mexican War 1840s

Summary

Our faith made manifest our destiny,
the West a Christian path to Liberty.
A war of dominance with Mexico,
our spirit showcased at the Alamo.

Chapter

The thirty years before the Civil War were fraught
with tension, energy, and growth, as people fought
about their rights to slaves and the expanding west.
To most, our country’s destiny was manifest.
An “Empire,” Jefferson had said, “of Liberty”
awaited us. Amidst the national esprit
occurred religion’s second “Great Awakening,”
which made more clear our Godly destiny, to bring
the Faith to western Indians. And Mister Polk,
the President, was clearly eager to evoke
a spirit of expansionism, Oregon
and Texas as the major targets; whereupon
he took on Mexico, which claimed to still possess
the Texas territory. Trying to assess
the right and wrong is difficult, for Mexico
was also seeking empire. At the Alamo
the wily Santa Anna fought the “renegades
for freedom” – Bowie, Travis, Crockett. Accolades
recall their memory, although the slavery
dissension kept the Texans from the luxury
of statehood. So the volunteers from Tennessee
and other southern states arose with certainty
of victory, “Old Rough and Ready” at their side
(Zach Taylor). Soon America was far and wide
a vibrant land of purple mountain majesty
and farms and plains and cities, sea to shining sea,
with Texas, California, and New Mexico
and Oregon reflecting our expansive glow.…

Patriot’s History: War of 1812

Summary

With Thomas Jefferson a smaller government
would favor industry, and set a precedent
of growth. But due to England’s naval enmity
a “second war of independence” came to be.

Chapter

The years of Washington and Adams were the first
display of central government, a nation versed
in monied Hamiltonian democracy,
with “property secured” ensuring liberty.
The highest court (John Marshall) favored corporate
development, while angry housewives, desperate
when homes of commoners were overtaxed, rebelled
against invasive government. And soldiers quelled
the fray too late for Adams as Republicans
and Jefferson, obliged by Mister Hamilton’s
disparagement of Aaron Burr, defeated Burr
(whose shooting of the chief of commerce would secure
his place in history). The nation would endure
and prosper in the cities (even though manure
{a hundred-thousand horses in New York} was sure
to vex the senses), and the pioneering lure
of going west was compromised by dirt and lice
and worms as westbound “Crackers” found both Paradise
and Hell. And slaves, to abolitionists’ chagrin,
were needed more than ever with the cotton gin.

Indeed, the commerce revolution underway
had positive effects still recognized today.
The vast Louisiana Territory, past
the Mississippi (many critics were aghast
that Jefferson would buy it), would embark
the nation – with adventurers like Lewis, Clark,
Sa-CA-jawea guiding – on a journey west.
But on the foreign front, the urges to divest
the land of military costs was soon to fail,
for Britain ruled the seas, and War Hawks would bewail
our country’s impotence. The Hawks Calhoun and Clay
advanced the War of 1812, and they’d portray
it as the “Second War of Independence.” Hear
the cries for freedom in the frenzied atmosphere:
Said Lawrence, “Don’t give up the ship!” And victory
by Perry followed: “We have met the enemy,
and they are ours!” Raw courage and Old Ironsides
propelled America to unexpected strides
in holding off the British Navy, powerful
and thought to be invincible. And masterful
were Francis Scott Key’s lyrics as the twilight gleamed
and Jackson battled in New Orleans (though, it seemed,
the war had ended two weeks earlier). The end
was deemed an even match, though nothing would transcend
the British terrorist attack on Washington
till 9-11. So our country would begin
to feel its global might: an outcome of the war
would be a Union stronger than it was before.…