Delaware: A Safe Place to Drive?

Delaware: A Safe Place to Drive?

Auto accidents are a leading cause of injuries and death in America, and Delaware is no exception. There were 8,058 people injured and 133 people killed in traffic accidents in 2015. That’s a lot of people hurt and killed. If you, or someone you love, have been hurt in a traffic accident, you may be able to file an injury claim.

What is a Personal Injury Claim and Why Would You Want to File One?

When someone has been hurt in an auto wreck, most people know that they can file an insurance claim to obtain monetary compensation for their property loss and medical expenses.

Sometimes that will be all you need to compensate you for a minor collision, like a fender bender. If you’re injured in a very serious accident, though, you will likely need to file a personal injury claim to recoup your losses.

What Types of Injuries Could You Sustain in a Vehicle Collision?

Depending on your injury, your losses could be great. Some injuries can be so severe that they can change your life forever. For instance, if you suffer a spinal injury and are paralyzed, you may be unable to work again. Or, if you receive a compound fracture, you may spend months or even years recovering from your injury.

The following are some of the more common injuries often associated with auto accidents in Delaware:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Whiplash
  • Back and shoulder injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Loss of limb

What Kinds of Losses Could You Face after a Vehicle Crash?

When you’ve sustained one of the above-discussed injuries, you will be facing very significant financial losses, not to mention the fact that your life has been permanently altered. You can and should be compensated for all the ways your accident injuries have changed your life.
You should be paid for the fact that you can no longer work due to your serious injuries. You should also be paid for the fact that you can no longer engage in activities you once enjoyed.

Below, these are some of the damages you can request in a personal injury case:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Accident-related medical costs, including copays, medications, physical therapy, doctor visits
  • Mental trauma
  • Mental health services
  • Loss of income and future income
  • Permanent injury/scarring
  • Loss of your enjoyment of life

If you’ve lost a loved one in an auto wreck you can receive additional damages, such as loss of consortium, grief, and funeral and burial costs.

Why Would You Need Help from a Car Crash Attorney?

You deserve to be compensated when you’ve been hurt in a car crash not of your own making. Reckless and negligent drivers (or other negligent parties) should be held liable for your auto crash injuries. One way to make Delaware roads safer is by filing injury claims and forcing others to commit to safe driving practices.

Filing injury claims can be tough, though. It requires a great deal of legal knowledge. You must investigate the auto accident, gather evidence to prove fault and liability, then you must file the claim paperwork. You must also negotiate with insurance companies to receive the settlement you’re owed for your damages.  

The car accident lawyers Barros, McNamara, Malkiewicz & Taylor can likely assist you in filing your injury claim.

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