Every year, thousands of people are injured in car crashes across the country. While vehicle manufacturers have made great strides in making cars safer by improving airbag design, installing shatter-proof windshields, and equipping cars with more effective seat belts, an alarming percentage of the population are still injured in car accidents. The injuries sustained in car crashes can be severe and leave some victims permanently disabled and struggling with medical expenses, which can be especially frustrating for those whose accidents were caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent conduct.
Fortunately, those who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence may be eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault parties, even if they also contributed to their accident in some way. Filing a lawsuit requires compliance with a host of procedural rules, which if violated, could lead to a claim being barred by the court, so if you were injured in a car crash, it is critical to have the advice of an experienced Maumee auto accident lawyer.
Car accidents are difficult to predict and can occur almost anywhere and at any time. There are, however, certain activities and behaviors that make an accident extremely likely, including:
Although these types of driver errors are responsible for the majority of car crashes, a surprising number of accidents are actually the result of manufacturer error. In these situations, an injured party can still collect compensation if he or she can establish that a vehicle manufacturer’s use of a defective design or their improper assembly of the car caused the accident.
The severity of a car crash victim’s injuries generally depends on a number of factors, including the person’s age and general health, as well as the number and size of the vehicles involved in the accident. Because there are so many variables involved, car accident injuries can range in severity from minor abrasions to major head trauma. For instance, some lucky individuals are able to walk away from a serious accident without a scratch, while others may suffer broken bones or worse. However, there are some kinds of injuries that are generally associated with car accidents, such as:
Many of these injuries result in permanent disability, scarring, chronic pain, or even death. Treatment could not only require emergency care, but ongoing therapy, consultations with specialists, and the use of prescription medications. These costs alone can quickly drive a family into debt, especially if the injured party is unable to return to work because of his or her injury.
In some cases, collecting damages from an at-fault party is the only way that a car accident victim can cover medical costs and begin the long process of recovery, so if you were involved in a car crash that was caused by someone else’s negligences, please contact Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC at 419-241-5500 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Maumee auto accident lawyer.
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