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Back Injury Car Accident – Is the Other Driver Liable?

Submitted By: Anonymous (Washington)

I had a back injury car accident and I’m not sure how to proceed. I was turning left after the arrow turned green for me to turn. A car facing the opposite direction on the street I was turning into suddenly decided to turn into my lane to enter a gas station.

I t-boned his car at around 15 mph. I have had back pain before but was not currently being treated at the time. I have pain now in my lower back, the same as it was around a year ago.

Is the other driver’s insurance company liable after the car crash re-injured my back?

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Dear Anonymous,

A great way to determine liability is from a thorough review of the Police Report. If the Police were called to the scene they may have listed in their report their opinion of who was at fault.

When a person has a “preexisting injury” the insurance companies will rarely agree to pay for your injuries; and even if they decided to pay, the amount they would agree to pay would be quite small.

You referred to a one year period since the original injury. You should know there is a 2 year time period, referred to as the Statute of Limitations, within which you have to either settle a case or file a lawsuit. Once that time passes you may lose your legal right to file a lawsuit and therefore won’t get any compensation.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: April 12, 2011

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