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What Kinds of Damages are Available After a Car Accident?

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knoxville personal injury lawyersEvery time you travel by car, there is always a risk that a careless driver will crash into you - no matter how cautious you are being. You could be one of the best drivers on the roads, and you could still fall victim to the unpredictable movements of a distracted, drunk, speeding, or otherwise negligent driver. There can be a lot of costs associated with a car accident you did not cause. You will probably have medical bills due to your injuries. Your car might be totaled.

These are just the beginning of the expenses you could be forced to take on because someone else decided not to use reasonable caution while driving. If this has happened to you, you should speak to an attorney. You may be able to recover more financial compensation than the insurance companies would like you to believe. 

What Car Crash Damages Could I Be Compensated for?

The true cost of a car accident can be much higher than it initially appears. Even beyond the direct financial costs you have faced as a result, there may be additional types of compensation available. You could be able to recover reimbursement for: 

  • Medical expenses - You can be compensated for any medical expense related to the accident, from your initial visit to a hospital or urgent care center to any medical expenses you will incur in the future as a result of your crash. A good example would be ongoing physical therapy, or in more severe cases, ongoing professional care. 
  • Property damages - If the accident was bad enough to injure you, your car is most likely in need of significant repair if not completely totaled. You may also be able to recover for other property losses, like if you had your laptop in the car and it got destroyed. 
  • Lost wages - If you had to take time off of work due to the car accident, you can include lost wages in your demand for compensation. Many people need to stay home for a week or more because of their injuries. If your injuries will not allow you to ever return to the career you were in - for example, if you lost the use of a limb or had brain damage - you can also be compensated for lost future earnings. 
  • Pain and emotional damages - Your physical and emotional pain can be compensable. This is a broad category that can encompass most noneconomic costs. 

Make sure you have a lawyer evaluate your case before you consider accepting an offer. 

Call a Knox County Car Accident Lawyer

The Law Office of William F. Evans can help give you a better idea of what your claim might be worth. Our experienced Knoxville car accident attorneys will fight for you to receive everything you deserve. Call 423-449-7980 to start with a free consultation. 

 

Source: 

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812013

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