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Auto Accident Attorney
Auto accidents happen. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 33,000 deaths and over 2.3 million injuries from auto accidents in 2012, and those rates are rising. Someone is killed by a drunk driver every 53 minutes, and every 90 seconds, someone is injured by one. What’s more, distracted drivers injured over 400,000 people in 2012.
If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a car accident, where do you get help once the ambulances and tow trucks are gone? 1-800-ASK-GARY can advise help you obtain legal representation when you’re in need of financial compensation after an auto accident. We will refer you to attorneys with years of experience in personal injury cases. Day or night, ASK GARY can help you get the answers you need when you need them.
How An Attorney Can Help
- Navigate complex laws: Traffic laws vary from town to town and state to state, and the laws often change. A personal injury lawyer who specializes in auto accident injuries knows these laws and how they pertain to your case.
- Legally pursue your claim: An attorney can tell you if your case is viable, gather evidence to support your claim, negotiate with the defense team, and advocate for you, helping ensure your legal rights are honored by the insurance companies, negligent party, and the court system.
- Negotiate a settlement: If your auto accident warrants a personal injury lawsuit, a personal injury attorney can do the legwork to negotiate a fair settlement with the defendant’s insurer.
- Advise you in settlement negotiations: Even if your injuries seem minor at first, an attorney can inform you on how to best settle to account for health problems and any pain and suffering that arise from the accident.
Uninsured vs. Insured Claims
Just because every state requires some form of auto insurance or proof of financial responsibility in case of accident, doesn’t mean your injuries will be fully covered. The Insurance Research Counsel’s most recent report indicates that 14 percent of drivers aren’t insured. Many others are underinsured or have policies that won’t grant the full spectrum of benefits to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, or pain and suffering. In these instances, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the responsible party to cover the damages.
A personal injury attorney can help you understand the potential value of your claim and shoulder the grueling burden that often comes with dealing with insurance companies. If their settlement doesn’t cover the extent of your injuries, your attorney can help you fight for a judgment for the damages in a trial.
Types of Car Accident Claims
Personal injuries caused by car accidents can go far beyond cuts and bruises. These accidents commonly involve the following types of claims:
- Bodily injury: Auto accidents can result in a range of physical injuries, including broken bones, spinal cord trauma, and skull fractures.
- Permanent Disability: Medical examinations prove that the accident has left you with permanent disabilities.
- Disfigurement: Money can be awarded both for disfiguring injuries, scars caused by the accident, and the mental anguish they bring.
- Pain and suffering: Awarded for past and future pain caused by the accident.
Mental and Emotional Claims
- Mental anguish: Not all injuries are physical. Automobile accidents often damage mental health by causing long-lasting panic, anxiety, depression, and grief.
- Loss of enjoyment in life: Injuries and trauma from the accident can leave you unable to enjoy your life as you did before the crash.
- Loss of consortium: Auto accidents can damage relationships. If you’re in a loving, stable marriage and are suddenly unable to provide help, solace, and companionship to your partner after an accident, you may have a right to compensation.
- Loss of companionship: If you lost a loved one because of an auto accident, you could receive compensation for the irreplaceable love and comfort of the deceased.
- Medical expenses: If insurance doesn’t pay for all of the medical bills caused by the accident, an attorney can help you sue for the difference. These bills include hospital and emergency room charges, ambulance fees, physical therapy, medical equipment, and consultations with health care professionals.
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity: Lost wages covers money you would have earned had you been able to work instead of being injured. Lost earning capacity may be recovered in cases where your ability to earn money in the future has changed because of the accident.
- Household services: From home health care to being forced to hire outside help to maintain your home to the degree it was before your accident, these expenses can be recovered.
- Future medical expenses: Your doctors can give evidence to a jury regarding how your injuries will play out through the years and how you should be compensated.
Auto accident attorneys use formulas to determine what compensatory damages are fair. For instance, they calculate your expenses from medical treatment, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. If the party responsible for the auto accident is deemed especially negligent and careless, punitive damages can be awarded to you to punish the defendant.
Cases We Handle
1-800-ASK-GARY isn’t a law firm, but a valuable lawyer referral service with a direct line to attorneys specializing in areas ranging from car accidents and slip and falls to defective products and medical malpractice. Give us a call at 1-800-275-4279, and we will put you in touch with a qualified auto accident attorney who can advise you on what should be done next to put your life back on track.