Every year, 20-50 million people are injured or disabled in road accidents and roughly 10 million car crashes occur in America alone. One person’s negligence behind the wheel can mean a lifetime of pain for someone else.
Car accidents can be devastating, traumatizing and highly inconvenient. Especially if you have been injured or your car has been damaged. Car accidents are also situations where sufficient insurance coverage may not exist to pay for the damages suffered.
The Life-Altering Effects of Car Accidents
If you have been in an accident, it is possible you have sustained life-long injuries. Cars can easily be repaired or replaced, but the human body cannot and injuries do not have to be catastrophic to cause ongoing problems in your life. Injuries can affect your work performance, cause interpersonal difficulties with spouses, and even cause depression when a former activity or hobby is no longer possible.
If an at-fault driver does not carry bodily injury coverage or only has minimal coverage, your harms and losses from their negligence will only be paid for if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
If your car was not totaled, then it was probably at least damaged and has declined in value. This can make everyday life difficult as you may need to ask for rides, call taxis, or get a rental car just to get from point A to point B.
Benefits for Accident Victims
Depending on your vehicle accident, you may be able to recover benefits for:
- Pain and suffering
If a child was seriously injured, their parents may have a Fillial Consortium claim to benefits. Likewise, if an adult is seriously injured in a vehicle accident, their spouse may be able to collect benefits due to Loss of Consortium. If the claimant's injuries prevent them from working, they may also have a claim for disability. However, receiving the compensation you deserve is not easy.
Motor Vehicle Accidents include:
Drunk Driver Accidents
Accidents on Public Transportation (Bus, Plane, Train, etc.)
If you or a loved one were involved in a trucking accident, you most likely have experienced serious loss and damages. Traffic accidents are complicated enough, and accidents involving trucks can increase the amount of complications. Most trucking accidents should not be taken lightly as they can include multiple parties, and also tend to cause more harm due to the greater size and weight of the truck. Therefore, the amount in damages in most trucking accidents may be substantially larger.
The Different Parties in Truck Accidents
Driver of the truck
Owner of the truck
Owner of the trailer if it’s a tractor trailer
Person or company that leased the truck from the owner
Manufacturer of the vehicle and/or parts
- Other involved parties
Since more than one party may be responsible, you can see how pursuing an injury claim for a trucking accident may become complex.
Aspects of a Truck Accident Investigation
The truck involved
Investigation to obtain the truck’s tracking information and any video surveillance
Preserving all information on the accident (it is vital that no property or information be altered or destroyed).
- Notifying the trucking company that you are making a claim.
In short, settlement of a trucking case may require coordination and negotiation with multiple insurance carriers and national companies, a task most people are not equipped or desiring to do on their own.
The Danger of Handling Your Case Alone
Harmful mistakes can happen when handling car accident or truck cases without an attorney. For this reason, make sure you are very familiar with all aspects of a case if you are handling an accident yourself.
Areas of the law that you don't know or don't fully understand can cause you the most problems. The most common thing we hear when someone comes to our office several months after an accident:
"I wish I knew then, what I do now."
Avoid this from happening to you. Take the extra precaution and hire a skilled attorney.
We can discuss your options in a free, private consultation about your case.
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