Some people are lucky enough to walk away from a car accident without a scratch, but millions of others are left with permanent, life-altering injuries. Sadly, death and serious injuries are all too common results of a car accident. A serious brain injury or spinal cord injury can leave you with a permanent disability that requires lifelong medical care. Even a relatively minor injury can result in permanent and chronic pain or disability that plagues you far into the future.
Car Accident Statistics
Over 6 million motor vehicle crashes occur in the US each year, injuring millions and causing many needless deaths. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 40,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011 – and many more left the scene of an accident with serious personal injuries. Below are some more unsettling car accident statistics:
- Every 16 minutes, someone dies in a car accident.
- Every 14 seconds, someone is injured in a car accident.
- In 2011, on average 90 people died every day in car accidents in the United States.
The economic impact of a seriously injured car accident victim is estimated to be around $1.1 million; meanwhile, the economic cost of a fatality in a car accident is nearly $1 million.
What Am I Entitled to If I am Injured in a Car Accident?
Injured car accident victims have a right to seek compensation for:
- Property damage expenses, including car repair, replacement and car rental
- Disability, including temporary, partial and permanent
- Lost income or earning capacity, including past and future wages
- Medical expenses, including costs of exams, treatment, rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Physical pain and suffering, past, ongoing and permanent, and any period of physical disability
- Mental anguish such as emotional distress or psychological problems (PTSD) caused by the accident
- Wrongful death damages related to the loss of a family member
If your loved one has been killed in a car accident because of someone else’s carelessness, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Surviving family members can seek end-of-life expenses (medical, funeral), loss of future income, loss of benefits, and other types of damages through a wrongful death case such as injury to the family relationships. Maryland car Accident lawyer Stuart L. Plotnick will fight to make sure you and your family are compensated for every loss you have suffered.
Be Wary of Insurance Company Settlements
Car insurance companies know that injured accident victims will need financial help right away and are in a state of distress. Insurance companies who insure negligent drivers have substantial assets and often aggressively defend claims brought against them. As a result, they often attempt to settle claims for far less than full value by convincing the victims of crashes that they do not need an attorney or by preying on the injured victim’s desperation for money and comfort.
Experienced Maryland Car Accident Attorneys
Our Maryland Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC are well versed in the crucial insurance issues surrounding car accident cases, including liability insurance, collision coverage, personal injury protection, med-pay, and uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. If an insurance company has tried to downplay or outright deny your claim, don’t worry – we have the resources and experience you need to fight back.
We can help you review your insurance policies, evaluate your rights, and determine the true value of your case. If you try to face the other driver’s insurance company alone, you may be stalled by long delays, unclear procedures, and even outright denials of your claim.
For more information about car accidents, please visit the following pages:
- What to Do After a Car Accident
- Questions About Car Accidents
- Car Accidents with Pedestrians and Bicycles
- Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists
For a free case evaluation, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC today. We represent injured car accident victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.