It is the phone call that you never want to get.
You are relieved to find out that your 18-year old daughter is okay, but the fact that your freshman in college has been the victim of a car accident when she is in college 12 hours away from home is enough to keep you awake at night. You want to be there to make sure that she is being taken care of. You want to be there to force her to go to the doctor to make sure that her injuries really are minor. You want to be there to simply give her a hug and tell her that everything will be okay. Even though her car is totaled. Even though the driver who came through the red light was drunk and at fault.
Unfortunately, your daughter is now part of the statistic that every two minutes, someone in America is injured in a drunk driving crash.
Luckily, you were able to find an attorney well versed in personal injury law basics. This personal injury attorney represents individuals injured by negligent drivers, as well as victims of accidents caused by dangerous premises, defective products, medical negligence and a variety of other types of negligent conduct.
Without an Attorney You May Not be Compensated for Your Personal Injury
Accidents occur so often attorneys find specific areas that they specialize in. And while an attorney who is knowledgeable in personal injury law basics can represent a variety of clients, it is often best to find someone who has had success in cases similar to your accident.
Consider the following statistics from the 104,000 truck crash injuries in 2012:
- 73% of those hurt were occupants of other vehicles
- 24%, were occupants of large trucks
- 3% were bystanders, pedestrians, and cyclists
These statistics from 2013 do not make the roads seem any more safe:
- 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives in traffic crashes
- 2.05 million passenger vehicle occupants were injured
- 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers
- 424,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers
When an accident has occurred, the victims can be relieved to simply walk away with minor injuries. Unfortunately, this relief can mask greater issues that might not be discovered until later. Weeks or months later you may discover that you have a back pain that resulted from the accident. Tendon and muscle damage to your arms caused by the airbags may not develop until weeks after the accident. Without a knowledgeable attorney, you may not be able to anticipate the pain, suffering and mental trauma that will show itself after the accident. Not understanding these possibilities, you may not realize the cost of the physical therapy that may be needed. Without a personal injury settlement you may find yourself covering the expenses for injuries that were caused by someone else.
For all of these reasons, finding a qualified attorney who is well versed in personal injury law basics is essential to getting compensation for medical, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative expenses.