Every day, the local news is alive with reports of car accidents on U.S. highways. There are so many deaths and severe injuries that it is not difficult to imagine that virtually ever car driver may quite likely meet up with some form of accident. It might be their own fault or another driver could be the cause of the accident.

The Causes of Car Accidents 

Compensation Is an Auto Accident Victim’s Legal Right

Fortunately, in all states, anyone who is injured in a car accident which was not their fault is legally entitled to claim compensation from the at-fault driver. This basically means that car accident victims are not required to pay their medical costs and lose income while recovering from severe injuries. However, nothing is quite as simple as that. The payments are not necessarily automatic and the victim should contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling compensation claims. When the first contact has been made, a consultation should be arranged when the personal injury lawyer will assess any evidence you can provide and compile a claim for compensation.

It will be necessary for the attorney to check witnesses’ statements and evaluate medical records so that the claim will cover all possible financial hardship that the car accident victim is likely to encounter while recovering from his or her injuries. Some particularly serious injuries which include traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and paralysis will never allow the victim to recover enough to lead a normal life. A lifelong reliance on health care and other support systems is inevitable. All of these situations are thoroughly assessed and they are included in any compensation claim.

Hire a Car Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible

Most states restrict claims for compensation through a statute of limitations, which limits the time after the accident that a victim has to file a claim. This could be anything up to three years from the date of injury. As soon as that time has passed, then gaining compensation for injuries caused to you in any type of accident, including a car accident that was not your fault will not be allowed. You will be then responsible for financing any hardships that have taken place including the cost of long term medical care and any loss of income.

Going to Court Is Not Always Necessary

The majority of car accident claims are settled without the need for you to appear in court. The settlement is negotiated between the at-fault driver, the insurer of that person and your car accident lawyer.

If you, or a loved one, have sustained injuries in a car accident and the fault was not yours, then don’t hesitate but book a free consultation with a car accident attorney. Most personal injury attorneys only work on a contingency fee basis, so it is unlikely you need to pay any upfront fees, as you only pay when the claim has been settled.

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