According to annual U.S. road crash statistics provided by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, about 2.35 million Americans sustain injuries in car accidents every year. But, what happens after these accidents? How do people recover compensation for their damages?
After a person sustains injuries in a vehicle collision due to the recklessness, carelessness, or negligence of another individual, he or she has the right to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. To help you understand, our Dallas car accident lawyers have answered three frequently asked questions, which arise following car crashes:
1. For Which Damages May I Recover Compensation?
If you can prove that the other driver had a duty of care to operate the car in a safe, non-negligent manner, that the driver breached his or her duty of care when the accident occurred, and that the driver’s negligent acts caused the accident which resulted in injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Ambulance fees
- Medical expenses
- Physical Therapy Costs
- Lost wages
- Emotional Distresses
- Pain and Suffering
2. Should I Expect a Settlement of Trial?
In most cases, car accident lawsuits resolve by settlement agreement before trial takes place. However, if parties cannot reach an agreement regarding who caused the accident or the amount of compensation that should be paid for the damages, the lawsuit may move to trial.
3. Should I Retain an Attorney?
If you are involved in a vehicle collision and believe another person should be held liable, it is crucial that you seek experienced legal counsel right away. A seasoned lawyer can examine the details of your accident and determine which legal strategies can help you pursue maximum monetary companion. In addition, a knowledgeable attorney can ensure your rights are protected. If your lawyer believes that you have been offered an unfair settlement, he or she can fight to pursue the amount of compensation you deserve by taking your case to trial.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in an accident caused by a negligent, reckless, or careless person, contact Scott H. Palmer, P.C. right away. Our team can go the extra mile to investigate and develop a strong and compelling claim for you.