There are two primary legal methods that can provide help to victims of car accidents. The first is a personal injury claim for damages following a car accident and the second is a wrongful death claim for damages following a fatal car accident.
As this blog has recently discussed, wrongful death legal protections can help victims of fatal car accidents recover compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of losing their loved one. A claim for damages can help surviving family members with the medical costs that may remain, the funeral costs they may have to face and with some of the other losses they have suffered as well.
Victims of car accidents may have other concerns that a personal injury claim for damages may help them with following a car accident. Victims of car accidents may need help with their medical bills, lost wages, future medical care costs, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages all of which can help them down the road as the harm caused by a car accident can be long-lasting. Negligent drivers, including drunk drivers and distracted drivers, should be held accountable for their carelessness and a claim for damages can provide both accountability and help for victims and their families.
Because victims of car accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries that may result in death, it is an unfortunate reality that victims and their families should be familiar with their legal protections. Different remedies are available in different circumstances and it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with all of them.