Every time someone gets behind the wheel, they could be moments away from a life-altering incident, not necessarily from their own doing, but because of others’ actions. Distracted driving is one of the most common reasons why accidents happen. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 400,000 people a year are injured in distracted driving crashes.
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident at no fault of your own, you have every right to seek damages for your injuries. However, those damages do not always have to just be for physical injuries.
Common Types of Compensation Accident Victims May Receive
Below are the most common types of compensation a person may receive if they were injured in a distracted driving accident.
This is the most common type of compensation for injury accidents. Depending on the severity of the injury, the responsible party may be held liable for paying any medical treatment, rehabilitation, hospital stays, doctor office visits, and more related to the injury.
In injury crashes, not only are people hurt but vehicles are damaged. If your vehicle can be repaired, the at-fault driver would be held responsible for paying for those costs. If the vehicle is beyond repair, then the responsible driver could pay up to the vehicle’s fair market value.
Any other property that was destroyed or damaged in the crash (such as cell phones, computers, etc…) could also be counted as property damage worthy of replacement.
Some injuries require individuals to stay at home and away from work for an extended period. Suppose a worker is off the job after getting injured in an accident. In that case, the at-fault driver may be held responsible for not only that worker’s regular pay but any vacation or sick time lost due to the worker’s injury.
Pain and Suffering
While it’s easy to put a monetary value on some losses, it is not as easy to translate the emotional and mental distress one may experience due to being involved in an injury accident.
This type of compensation is also known as punitive damages. A judge will examine all evidence showing how an injured person was emotionally scarred from the accident and will award an amount they feel is fair compensation for that suffering.
Considering Filing Damages After an Accident?
Seeking these types of damages on your own could be an overwhelming task. By hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, you will be able to focus on your recovery.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at The Roth Firm, LLC are ready to fight for you. Our team is available 24/7 and offers a free initial consultation. Reach out online or by phone today. (404) 777-4899