If you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you could be looking at a lengthy recovery period. During this time, you’re going to accumulate a lot of medical bills, you’re going to lose money because you can’t work, and you’ll also incur other financial losses. Even though you’re completely certain that you weren’t to blame for the accident, you don’t know how to get the compensation you deserve.
You should get in touch with Sand Law as soon as possible. We’ll perform a detailed investigation into the accident, and use the evidence we uncover to help you obtain the full and fair compensation you have coming. No one should have to go through this terrible situation, much less have to endure it because of someone else’s negligence. When you hire our firm for your legal representation, we’ll do everything we can to make that negligent party pay for your suffering.
New Brighton Car Accidents in the News
As great a place to live as New Brighton is, the unfortunate fact is we’re not immune from automobile accidents. These are just two examples of car wrecks that have occurred.
In January of 2022, a passenger vehicle and a school bus were involved in a terrifying head-on collision. There were 21 Mounds View High School students on board, but miraculously, only one of them had to be transported to the hospital, and their injuries were life-threatening. The driver of the vehicle, however, had to be cut from the wreckage. News reports did not reveal the driver’s condition.
Five months later, a man was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident. He was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling east in I-694 and ran into a ditch.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
When accidents like these occur, it’s usually due to one or more of the drivers committing some form of negligence. One of the most common is driving distracted. Some people are so obsessed with their phones that they have to check texts and emails, or have conversations even though they’re behind the wheel of a machine that weighs thousands of pounds. It’s easy to see how that could go wrong in a horrible fashion.
As bad as distracted driving may be, speeding is arguably even worse. Most of us are extremely busy, and we have places to go. But that doesn’t excuse driving at a dangerously high rate of speed – ever. The potential for disaster is just too great.
There are also many instances where someone will choose to drive even though they’re obviously drunk, or they’re under the influence of a medication or an illegal drug. Impaired driving is about the most dangerous type of behavior someone can exhibit. They have no way of avoiding sudden road hazards, because their reflexes aren’t nearly as quick as when they’re sober. Impaired drivers will also typically exhibit a lack of judgment, taking dangerous chances they wouldn’t otherwise take.
Injuries Associated with Car Accidents
Just like there are many different types of car wrecks, there are also many different types of injuries that can result from them. Here are just a few that occur on a regular basis.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). When a driver or passenger strikes their head on a steering wheel, a window, a dashboard or any other type of hard surface, they’ll be at a serious risk of suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This is far different from a concussion. While both injuries can be serious, a TBI can result in permanent debilitation. A concussion, however, can still result in a great deal of pain and confusion that can last for an extended period of time.
- Back and neck injuries. Any kind of car wreck can lead to severe neck and back injuries. While the damage might not be permanent, they can force the victim to have to live with serious pain for weeks, months or even longer. Severe spinal cord injuries are also possible, which can completely rob someone of their quality of life.
- Broken bones. In the majority of instances, a broken bone will typically heal after a couple of months, and the victim will get back to normal. But when a bone shatters or splinters, pieces of bone can do severe damage to nearby organs.
How Can a Severe Injury Affect One’s Life?
The consequences of a devastating injury can last for the rest of a victim’s life. A TBI, for example, can be so serious that the victim can’t tie their shoes, make their own meals, or even take a shower without help. Severe spinal cord injuries can rob a victim of their ability to move their arms and legs.
Factors That Determine Your Settlement Amount
If any attorney says they’ll get you a certain amount of money before they even have the facts of your case, hire someone else. There are several factors that will play a major role in how much you may ultimately receive. In general, though, the more severe your injury, the more you’ll be able to get, since your medical bills and other expenses will be very significant.
Do I Need to Hire a Car Accident Attorney?
Without a doubt. If you weren’t to blame for the accident, having an attorney by your side will give you the best chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve. In fact, it will very likely be your only chance. An attorney will uncover the proof it takes to show you weren’t responsible, and deserve every penny you’re demanding as a result.
Questions to Ask During Your Case Evaluation
While you should hire an attorney as soon as possible, that doesn’t mean you should turn to the first one who pops up during an internet search. Take the time to ask some questions before you make your decision. These are just a few to consider.
- Does your firm have experience in cases like mine?
- Will you be there when I have a question?
- Will you regularly update me on how the case is progressing?
- Do you charge fees?
- Will one attorney be handling my case, or will it be a team of lawyers?