There's No Such Thing As "Just An Accident!"
Jan was involved in a collision last week. The police issued a traffic citation to the other driver for failure to yield the right-of-way, but after she reported the claim to the other driver’s insurance company, Jan was told that her claim was denied. When Jan asked why the claim had been denied, the claims adjuster said, "It was just an accident!"
Just an accident???
I have heard that phrase a number of times during the past 34 years as a trial lawyer during jury selection. Just an accident??? The fact is that every event in our lives is based upon cause and effect. Nothing happens in our lives that "just happens" without a cause, and every "cause" has an effect.
Our system of American jurisprudence is predicated upon the concept of responsibility. When someone acts in a negligent manner and causes a motor vehicle accident, then the responsible party should be held accountable for the harm they have committed. Suggesting that people should be exonerated for the harm they create by suggesting that a collision was "just an accident" is simply a ploy by the defense to exonerate the person responsible for causing another’s injury and suffering. Such a defense is a scam. It is a sham. It is a fraud of the first order!! Our system of justice is predicated upon the concept of responsibility and redress. It is a concept predicated upon holding people and institutions responsible for the injuries and damages they create due to their own negligence and responsibility.
I have heard on occasion at trial where a defendant has admitted to liability in a case, but then denies any responsibility for the injuries that they purportedly caused arising from their wrong doing. But when you think about it, each of us know that responsibility dictates accountability. Causing another person’s injuries and damages without being accountable for them to those that are harmed constitutes nothing more than irresponsibility. Accordingly, admissions of liability at trial without accountability for their wrong doing promotes nothing more than a lack of responsibility.
Our system of American jurisprudence was designed to give injured people an opportunity to seek redress for the wrongs they incurred due to the acts or omissions with others to discourage the aggrieved from engaging in self-help vigilantism by taking the law into their own hands. When someone is injured due to the negligence of another, we have a system of justice in place that allows the aggrieved to seek recourse against the wrongdoer in order to make them whole again. That’s called the American jury system. There are those who believe, however, that those who are wronged should just "suck it up" only encourage those harmed to take the law into their own hands.
There is no such thing in this world as "just an accident." Everything in this life is the result of cause and effect. Our quality of life is due in large part due to the choices and decisions we make coupled with the result of the choices and decisions that other people have made within our circles of association. When people commit negligent acts or omissions that hurt other people, they should be held accountable for the choices and decisions they made which caused harm to others.
If you or a loved one are harmed as a result of the negligent acts of another, you should seek out a free initial consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. Boise Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Trial Lawyer Alan Morton has over 34 years of experience helping victims of other people’s negligence in seeking compensation and other consideration for the injuries and damages they incurred due to no fault of their own. You can reach Mr. Morton by calling 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or by completing an online contact form. Mr. Morton is available to meet with you at his office or your home, workplace, hospital or any other convenient location to help you better understand your legal rights and remedies.
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