If you are involved in a car accident, you may be unsure about your rights concerning your state’s laws. You may be eligible for compensation and not realize it, especially if the accident was the fault of the other driver. In some states, you can receive some compensation even if you are partially responsible for the accident. Below are reasons for recovery from a car accident and what you should do.
Injuries in a car accident can vary from bruising and minor cuts to brain injuries or broken bones. When you are involved in a car accident that isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t be responsible for those injuries. Some injuries can lead to ongoing medical care or psychological care. You may need care for months, years or even a lifetime. The ambulance ride to the hospital can possibly be eligible for compensation, as well. Full medical reports are needed, but you or your attorney can acquire these from the medical facility that treated you.
Lost wages or loss of income
An accident that causes injuries can cause you to endure time off work and lost wages. Even if you don’t sustain injuries, your vehicle may be out of commission for a while. You either will have to take time off work or find another means of temporary transportation. If you have to take a bus or taxi, there are fees for these services. When an accident isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t be responsible for these fees, and you shouldn’t lose money from employment.
Sometimes injuries are so severe that you may lose work altogether. You may become permanently disabled and not be able to return to work. If the accident isn’t your fault, you deserve compensation for this devastating blow. Someone should be responsible for the lost income. Not only do you suffer, but your family suffers.
Loss of consortium
Loss of consortium means that you have lost your sexual relationship with your spouse or significant other. You may also lose interaction with family members and friends. If this is due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should receive compensation. Your children may lose time with you due to the accident. Not only do you suffer due to this accident, but your family and friends suffer. Someone should be held responsible.
In a car accident, someone is liable for injuries and damages to your vehicle. In some cases, the automobile company may be held responsible. There may be something wrong with the other person’s car or yours. In this case, your attorney would investigate the situation and find out if they are, in fact, responsible for the accident.
The other driver may be responsible due to negligence of some sort. They may be engaging in distracted driving such as texting and driving or driving under the influence. Changing a radio station or putting on make-up could cause an accident.
Some states are under comparative negligence, which means you may claim partial compensation even if you are partially liable. You can claim the percentage of compensation for the part of the accident that wasn’t your fault. For example, one driver may be texting while the other is drinking and driving. More than likely, the driver who is drinking will be found more at fault.
How an attorney can help
An attorney knows the laws for your state and knows what law your state falls under for negligence. He understands the statute of limitations and can handle the complexity of proving liability. You may lose a good amount of money by trying to handle the case on your own, so hiring a lawyer may be best.