Issues faced by Car Accident Victims
Motor vehicle accidents are among some of the most serious personal injuries that occur. Statistics state that at least one person dies from a motor vehicle incident every 12 minutes. Other statistics state that more than 30,000 people died in the U.S. recently because of car accidents and truck accident. The numbers say quite a bit about automobile manufacturers and drivers in general. Even with the auto manufacturers’ recent safety system upgrades, vehicle accidents still occur. Surviving car accident victims are often left with a ton of worries.
Arizona car accidents are nearly a guarantee on a daily basis. According to the ADOT Crash Facts Sheet, there were nearly 110,000 car accidents in 2014 alone, and 708 of those were fatal. Another 35,000 of those accidents resulted in injuries. These numbers demonstrate the reality of car accidents and the necessity of preparing for one.
Immediately after an accident, contacting an Arizona personal injury lawyer is likely the last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, there are a variety of responsibilities that pile up once you have received medical treatment. Dealing with insurance companies and adjustors is much easier when you have representation.
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If you have ever been victim of a car accident in Arizona and did not know what to do after an accident, looking for legal assistance is the best way to protect your rights as a driver. Filing a lawsuit can be a difficult and intimidating process without assistance. Your lawyer works on your side to represent you in dealings with insurance companies, other drivers and the other driver’s legal team. The Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team offers free case reviews and consultations to help you understand the many options available to you after an accident. A car accident lawyer can help you with:
- Insurance claims
- Fault determination
- Personal injury
- Structured settlements
Car accident victims face a variety of medical issues after a serious accident. From traumatic brain injury that can impact an individual’s earning potential for life to paralysis, there is a wide range of consequences that can manifest after an accident. Your damages may not be physical at all. Psychological damage is more difficult to prove in court, but a thorough record of treatment can help when it comes to pursuing damages for trauma and treatment costs.
Brain Damage & Psychological Damage
Brain damage can occur in an automobile accident. Such an injury often occurs when a person does not wear his or her seatbelt. It can happen when a passenger hits the back of someone’s seat or the passenger side dash in a vehicle that does not have a passenger side airbag.
Psychological and emotional damages can occur because of an automobile accident. The injured person may have flashbacks of the incident, and the flashbacks can cause the person not to function in a sound manner while he or she is working or trying to tend to family business. The victim may be afraid to drive or get into a vehicle again after surviving such an incident. The person may suffer from undo worry about friends, family members and acquaintances.
Broken Bones, Fractures and Paralysis
Broken bones often show up after an automobile accident. Some of the most common bones that get broken are tail bones, elbows, wrists, legs, knee-caps and jaw bones. The broken bones happen from being thrust about at such a high force. Broken bones may heal in a matter of months or they may leave lasting damage, depending on the severity of the break.
Paralysis can occur because of trauma to the brain or trauma to the spine. Brain injuries occur because the brain gets severely jolted inside the head during an accident. Objects sometimes hit the spine during high impact time and hurt the person.
Job Loss, Financial Loss and Asset Loss
Job loss is an unfortunate consequence of an automobile accident. Victims often need weeks, months and even years to recover from all of their injuries. Some victims do not spend enough time on their jobs to qualify for compensation during recovery. Some people do not have enough time in with their current employers to be covered by something like FMLA leave. Such people often lose their jobs because they have no security and no way to work during their recovery periods.
Financial loss often occurs because of the inability to work, the inability to get a loan, and the inability to replenish the savings. Many accident victims go bankrupt during their time in the hospital or at home while they are getting therapeutic services. Once the finances disappear, everything else starts to disintegrate.
Eventually, the inability for one to perform work tasks and the inability for one to obtain finances causes the person to lose his or her assets. Mortgage and rent payments go unpaid. Evictions and foreclosures occur. Auto finance companies start repossessing vehicles because the injured consumer cannot make the payments. Utility bills such as the cable, electric, water and telephone bills get skipped and eventually get disconnected. The victim then accumulates additional stress because he or she is losing everything right in front of the face.
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Types of Compensation
When you are involved in a car accident that was caused by another driver, it is easier to get compensation for any damages you sustain. Both economic and non-economic damages are eligible for compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Some of the common types of compensation for which you can file include:
- Hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earnings potential
- Transportation costs
Why Call a Personal Injury Attorney at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law
An automobile accident usually qualifies as a personal injury incident because it usually involves neglect of ones duty of safety. Many accidents occur because of distraction. Distraction happens when the driver shares his or her attention with another person, device or action. Text messaging and driving is a huge offense in many states.
Some accidents occur because of a faulty vehicle. An automobile manufacturer can be responsible for an accident if it occurred because of something faulty for which the company did not recall any vehicles. Other accidents occur because of outright driver neglect. An example of such an incident is an accident that occurs because the driver speeds through the red light. All those cases will qualify a victim for personal injury compensation.
How We Can Help
The personal injury attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law can help an accident victim in more ways than one. First, they can act as confidants and friends during a difficult time. Next, they can act as protectors and acquirers of the compensation that the victim rightfully deserves. Your injury attorney will try to settle the case out of court because they understand how important it is for a victim to have money during the recovery period. Many offenders settle out of court because they know in their hearts that they are at fault. The lawyers of the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team will fight tooth and nail to get the compensation that the victim deserves. You, or the injured party, only have to make a phone call at (602) 535-1900 and schedule a free consultation.