Defenses from Cleveland Car Accident Lawyers
Cleveland car accident lawyers commonly confront defenses to their clients' cases. Here is a brief list of defenses that your Cleveland motor vehicle accident attorney may confront.
The Accident Was Your Fault
The defendant may claim that you were the one who caused the accident. Cleveland car accident lawyers may refer to this legal principle as contributory negligence or comparative negligence. The defendant may claim that you are completely liable for the accident or partially liable. For example, he or she may say that you were speeding or distracted at the time of the accident.
The Accident Was Caused by Someone Else
Your Cleveland motor vehicle accident attorney may warn you that the defendant may attempt to claim that someone else is responsible for the accident. For example, he or she may claim that another driver swerved into the lane he or she was occupying, causing him or her to respond in kind. If the accident was caused by poor road conditions, he or she may contend the city or state should be held liable. Likewise, if a defective auto part contributed to the accident, he or she may insist that the auto manufacturer should bear all liability.
You Were Not Injured
In order for you to recover in a civil lawsuit, you must be able to show that you suffered damages. For example, the defendant may allege that your injuries were pre-existing from another accident. Alternatively, the defendant may claim that you are exaggerating your symptoms and that you were not injured at all or far less than you have contended.
Contacting Cleveland Car Accident Lawyers
If you would like to learn more about other common defenses to your car accident claim and how Cleveland car accident lawyers may respond to them, contact the Law Office of Shapero & Green at (216) 831-5100.