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What damages are recoverable in a car accident?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2019 | Car Accidents |

Getting to and from our destinations via motor vehicle is common is Washington and other states across the nation. While it is common and motorists are used to traveling on busy roads, this does not mean this occurs without issue. In order for the roadways to be safe, drivers must be safe as well. When a driver fails to uphold their duty to drive safely, this could result in a car accident and much harm to those involved in the crash.

An accident site is often complex and gruesome. A victim of a car accident may be confused and unsure when it comes to what they can do. The losses and damages arising form the incident can be overwhelming and burdensome. Thus, it is important to understand what damages one could suffer and what losses are eligible to collect compensation for through a personal injury action.

What damages are recoverable in a car accident? The most commonly sought out is medical expenses. Suffering an injury in a car accident likely requires medical attention, treatment and recovery time. This can be costly. In can also cause one to seek damages for future medical expenses and lost wages caused by missed work associated with the treatment and recovery of an accident injury.

It is also possible to obtain damages for pain and suffering. An injury could cause mental and physical distress, and if the injury is severe, this could result in much distress. Damages for pain and suffering attempt to address that. One could also seek damages for loss of affection or companionship if the injury impacted those relationships.

The aftermath of a car accident can be gruesome. A person’s life is suddenly turned upside down because a motorist failed to uphold their duty to drive safely. While it may seem like a helpless matter, victims of a car crash have options. It is possible to take action by filing a personal injury claim. This civil action could help hold a negligent drive liable while also assisting with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.