Originally Posted by FMD
Like Matt stated, my lawsuit involved my direct involvement wit hte accident, regardless of the action of the other party.
Even though my reaction (applying pressure to stop the bleeding) ultimately saved the life of the other driver, it was the fact that, according to the courts, of the next town over, I should be wearing night vision goggle at night I was at fault.
to the OP- read your PM's.
Good semaritan laws exist in this cou8ntry to protect 3rd party persons from civil liabilities that can result in the ultimate survival of another person, even if the 'hero' has no formal training. You, as a 3rd party see another person in a life and death situation, react and ultimately save their life, however, because you reacted, which saved their life, they are now stuck in a chair, such as they were unconscious in a vehical that was on fire with back or neck injuries, you, the 3rd party, removed the person thus saving their life, but in the process did irrepairable damage, that person whom you saved cant come back and sue you for disabling them.
thats basically the good semaritan law. However, it NEVER hurts to seek the advice, from not one, not two, but multiple attorneys in a situation like this. Knowing your options and possible outcomes is critical.
Anyone who says you are protected under the law, who is NOT an attorney is misinformed. Get the legal advice from an atty. Even if it costs you $100. It is worth it.
My situation was different. It is important you all realise that. However, having an attorney, tell you, that what you did is not only honorable, and legal, but also leaves you protected under your states laws, wil;l leave you with a wamr fuzzy feeling that no one can take from you.
My adivice to the OP is to seek counsel. Seriosuly, It is better to be informaed, than to THINK you are informed and be shafted later.