Because of the long distances between cities in Texas, residents spend a lot of time on the road. If you’ve spent any amount of time driving the state’s streets and highways, you know that this high volume of traffic produces many motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, these crashes often have serious consequences for those involved.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that there were more than 3,000 vehicle-related deaths in 2011, or 1.28 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. Additionally, nearly 80,000 people sustained serious injuries in vehicle collisions.
If you or a family member can be counted among those harmed in an accident, you understand the pain, suffering and financial burdens that can result from a crash. While you cannot undo what’s happened, personal injury law may allow you to sue a responsible party for damages that have been sustained.
Understanding The Costs Of Car Accidents
After an accident, your first priority must be to address any health concerns. It is not long, however, before the financial impact of a crash also comes into focus. That’s because the monetary costs associated with an accident can add up fast.
Post-accident expenses you might face include:
- Medical bills. Hospitalization and rehabilitation costs can escalate at a rapid rate, especially when serious conditions like traumatic brain injuries or spinal fractures are involved.
- Vehicle repair or replacement. Fixing your car, or buying another one if your vehicle was totaled, will likely be an important (and expensive) priority after a crash.
- Lost wages. If you are unable to work following an accident, you and your family may be severely hurt financially.
- Funeral costs. In the most tragic incidences, the death of a loved can require paying for funeral expenses.
It’s important to remember that many of the damages associated with a car or truck accident could be long-term costs for you and your family. For example, serious injuries may require extensive physical therapy or other ongoing rehabilitation. Emotional trauma related to an accident could develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or other long-term conditions, potentially requiring expensive medical treatments.
Safeguard Your Family’s Financial Future
In the event you or a family member suffer injuries in a car accident, your household is likely to go through a difficult, uncertain period. Adding to life-or-death medical concerns may be questions about how much care will cost, what expenses an insurance company will cover and whether a family provider will have to miss work for a significant period of time.
An experienced lawyer can help obtain fair compensation for injuries and property claims, negotiating with insurance companies to ensure you are treated fairly. If there is a need to go to court, an attorney can represent you. At each step of the personal injury process, a legal advocate will provide you with guidance and protect your rights.