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Types of Car Accidents Where You Can Get Compensation

Types of Car Accidents Where You Can Get Compensation - Benson & BinghamNothing ruins your day faster than a car accident. Whether you’re heading to work or running weekend errands, a car accident throws a wrench into your plans immediately, and sometimes for the foreseeable future. You could end up needing immediate medical attention, multiple surgeries, and long-term care. You could confront serious disabilities, a diminished quality of life, and skyrocketing expenses.

Or, worst of all, your family could face an unthinkable tragedy. In one recent year, 330 people died in car accidents across Nevada.

It seemingly makes things worse to know that someone else’s careless or reckless actions caused the car accident that turned your life inside-out. That knowledge, however, also means that you may have rights under Nevada law to recover compensation from that “at-fault” party.

Read on to learn more.

The Role of Human Error

There are lots of different types of car accidents—sideswipes, t-bones, rear-ends, the list goes on and on. Any of these accidents can cause devastating injuries and losses.

No single type of accident, however, automatically entitles an accident victim to compensation from someone else. Instead, what makes an accident the type where you can get compensation is the presence of human error. Whenever someone makes a careless or reckless mistake that leads to a car accident and injuries, legal liability follows.

The human errors that lead to car accidents are as varied as humanity itself. Some common mistakes that cause crashes, however, include:

  • Drug and alcohol use. In a recent year, drivers with illegal blood alcohol levels caused 26 percent of the car accidents in Nevada that resulted in deaths.
  • Speeding. Speed reduces a driver’s reaction time and increases the forces involved in a collision, with catastrophic results.
  • Fatigue. Driving drowsy is as dangerous as driving drunk or high; fatigue causes exactly the same types of motor and cognitive impairments as those that come from substance use.
  • Manufacturing mistakes. Errors on an assembly line or in the design process for auto parts cause defects that lead to accidents.
  • Road design and maintenance. Fallible human beings design and build roads. Sometimes they cut corners or make mistakes that lead to a road that is unsafe for drivers.

This is just a sampling of the vast array of human error that leads to car accidents. As you can see, some crash-causing mistakes happen behind the wheel. Others occur far from the road. Whenever an experienced car accident injury lawyer takes a case for an injured client, one of the lawyer’s priorities is to identify whose error(s) led to the crash, because those people may have legal liability to the lawyer’s client.

The Role of Injuries

To recover compensation for a car accident, you need to have suffered an injury because of it. Most typically, the kind of injury that entitles a crash victim to compensation is a physical injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents cause over 2.5 million injuries and over 35,000 deaths, on average, every year on U.S. roads. Injuries range from minor to catastrophic, and typically include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Broken bones and orthopedic injuries
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Neck and shoulder soft tissue injuries.

To obtain compensation for injuries resulting from a car crash, you must prove that the crash caused your injury. That is one of the many reasons why it is critically important to seek medical attention immediately after a crash injures you. Not only does visiting a doctor product your health, it also generates records that help to show the connection between a car accident and the physical harm you suffered.

Types and Sources of Compensation

Compensation for a car accident aims to pay you for the “damages” the accident caused. Generally speaking, damages come in two varieties: “economic” and “non-economic.”

Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred because of the accident and injuries. They include medical bills, lost wages, and the cost of paying someone to do things for you that your injury prevents you from doing for yourself.

Non-economic damages are the harms that a car accident inflicts that do not come with a price tag attached. They include your pain and suffering, and harm done to your personal relationships because of your injury.

Sometimes, when someone else’s especially horrendous actions led to your car crash, you might also receive “punitive damages” as compensation, which is a payment designed to punish the person who harmed you and to deter others from acting the same way.

Who pays these damages to you? As we said at the outset, anyone whose actions caused your injuries should have to pay you compensation. In the best case, those peoples’ personal assets and/or insurance policies will cover your damages. Practically speaking, however, some of those people will not have the resources to pay you the full amount they owe, usually because they do not carry enough, or any, insurance. Others may fight with you over whether they have an obligation to pay you at all.

Where to Go From Here?

Danielle Richardson, Esq.
Car accident attorney, Danielle Richardson, Esq.

To obtain the compensation you deserve, hire an experienced car accident injury lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident injures you. Getting paid the money you deserve requires engaging in a process of investigation, negotiation, and (if necessary) litigation to force the at-fault parties in your accident (and their insurance companies) to write you a check. That is not a process you can handle on your own.

You need an experienced car accident injury lawyer on your side to act as your representative and to protect your legal rights.

The sooner you speak with an attorney about obtaining compensation for your car accident, the better. Waiting to protect and enforce your legal rights could cost you thousands (or more) dollars. You could even lose your rights to compensation altogether.

So, do not wait. Contact an experienced attorney today to get compensation for your car accident.


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