It seems that not a day goes by where we don’t see remnants of a motor vehicle accident on the road or hear about it in the news. Little fender-benders often involve exchanging information and filing some paperwork with the insurance company to cover the damages. Sometimes it was a simple mistake that caused damage to your vehicle and some cuts treated in the ER. At other times, however, another driver’s negligence led to severe, life-changing injuries.
A lawsuit may be necessary
It’s a fact that a severe motor vehicle crash changes too many innocent lives:
- It can be a father stuck in a wheelchair for months or years, unable to work because of head or back injuries.
- It can mean a family who loses a mother after she was sideswiped while driving to the store by a semi-truck.
- It can mean a family struggling after a teen child’s death while riding as a passenger in someone else’s vehicle.
Personal injury laws protect the innocent
Victims and their families are legally entitled to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver. It will not return the family to their previous lives, but it will provide peace of mind by holding the negligent driver accountable for their actions.
It also can mean compensation for:
- Loss of income because the victim was unable to work during their recovery.
- Loss of income because the victim will be unable to earn at the same level as they did before the injury.
- Loss of income because the victim’s life was cut short due to injuries resulting from the crash.
- Help with related medical expenses not covered by insurance.
- Help pay for ongoing medical care and therapy.
- Help create a financial foundation for the family as they move into the next phase of their life.
Resolving the matter
Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely want to pay out a fair and equitable settlement for their negligent policyholder. The company may dispute who is at fault or the severity of the injuries and trauma. Victims and family members can best protect their interests by discussing these issues with a lawyer with experience handling these types of damages.