Motor vehicles are heavily relied on. For many, it is their only way to get around or travel to work. Thus, heavy traffic is often an issue. However, whether traffic is bad or not, car accidents could happen for a wide range or reasons. Whether a driver is negligent, reckless or intoxicated, victims of a car crash should understand the legal recourses available to them.
What kind of damages can be collected after a car accident? The most common and the most sought out damage would be medical expenses. When a person is injured in a car crash, he or she could suffer a wide range of injuries. This could include major trauma like a brain injury. Because some injuries require much medical treatment, even extended well into the future, this could be an ongoing major expense. Having these costs addressed is often the most important for accident victims. This can includes costs like therapy, ambulance fees, healthcare accessories, disfigurement, in home services and consultations with healthcare professionals.
Another damage an accident victim could collect is pain and suffering. This is defined as the mental or physical distress caused by the injury suffered in a car accident. This type of damage is based on the type of injury suffered. For example, if an injury is severe and is expected to cause pain well into the future, this damage could be extensive. However, if the pain is only temporary and will likely cease when the victim heals from a broken bone or a laceration, this damage can be minimal.
An accident victim could also seek lost wages. This damage is available to help offset the wages a person lost because of the time they needed to take off to recover from the injuries suffered. Finally, a victim could seek loss of affection or companionship. An accident injury could deprive a victim or their significant other of the ability to show affection or provide companionship. This type of damage is available for those already receiving damages for the injuries suffered.
Following an accident, it is not only important to consider how the accident happened but also the aftermath of the crash. A victim could be significantly impacted, and after determining cause and liability of the crash, a personal injury action could help with the recovery of compensation for damages suffered.