Being involved in a car wreck is obviously one of the most terrifying things anyone will ever have to go through. But as bad as being in the accident may be, the consequences of being severely injured are even worse. You’re more than likely facing months (or even longer) of recovery, and your medical expenses are mounting.
The car accident attorneys with Sand Law are standing by to help if you’ve suffered an injury in a wreck that happened due to someone else’s negligence. Not only do we have a great deal of experience in helping clients, we also get results for our clients time after time. We’re ready to do the same for you.
What Causes Car Accidents in Vadnais Heights?
Most of the time, when two or more vehicles collide it’s because at least one of the drivers did something wrong. They might, for instance, have been so engrossed in looking at their smartphone that they took their eyes off of the road. They were checking a text, or looking at an email. The at-fault driver might have been talking to someone.
Or, the driver who caused the accident might have made the decision to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, or taking some sort of powerful drug. When a driver is impaired, they don’t have the alertness needed to adjust to fast-changing road conditions, such as a car suddenly stopping in front of them. It’s a recipe for disaster. When that disaster occurs, the impaired driver must be held accountable for their actions. Not only from a criminal perspective, but also through a personal injury lawsuit.
Speeding can be just as bad as distracted or drunk driving. Some people just don’t care about others on the road. They’re so tunnel-focused on getting to where they need to be, they drive much too fast. This also makes it incredibly difficult to be able to adjust, such as suddenly coming upon unexpected traffic. The results can be devastating.
Common Injuries Associated with Car Accidents
You’ve probably found out the hard way already that a car wreck can result in horrific, life-changing injuries.
Unfortunately, one of the most common is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It can cause the head of a driver or passenger to slam against a hard surface, such as the windshield, the pavement, or something else. This causes tears in brain tissue, oftentimes leading to severe nerve damage. A TBI can be so terrible that it robs a victim of the ability to do the everyday things most of us take for granted.
Another form of head injury that typically occurs is a concussion. While it might not have the debilitating consequences as a TBI, it can still result in weeks, months or longer of severe pain and confusion. Even something as simple as going out into the bright sun can be excruciating.
Even if an accident victim is fortunate enough to avoid a severe head injury, they could experience severe back and neck pain. This is especially the case if they’re in a rear-end collision. Being struck from behind can cause whiplash due to a severe back-and-forth whipping motion of the neck. Even worse, a car wreck can result in permanent spinal cord damage, robbing the victim of their ability to move. They will sometimes need constant care as a result.
Determining Car Accident Liability
Whenever someone is seriously hurt in an automobile wreck, they’re going to accumulate a lot of damages, or financial impacts. Not only will they have huge medical expenses, they’re eventually going to lose money because they can’t work. If someone is hurt badly, it will only be a matter of time before they exhaust their vacation and sick days.
The only way of obtaining compensation for those damages will be to prove that you’re not responsible for the accident. You’ll need an attorney to gather that proof through a detailed investigation. If needed, your attorney could also have medical, accident reconstruction, and other types of expert witnesses to make your case even stronger.
Who Pays my Medical Bills?
A personal injury case can take months to settle, or even longer if it has to go to trial. Who is going to take care of your medical expenses in the meantime? The first payments will come through your automobile insurance policy. Unfortunately, most policies only cover the first $20,000. After that, your health insurance will take over payments.
Remember that if your case is successful, the insurance company of the at-fault driver will ultimately pay for all of those bills. As long as you have the help of a skilled attorney.
What if I Don’t Have Car Insurance?
This is where things can get fairly complicated. There might be a chance that a relative’s auto insurance will pay – if you live with that relative, and the vehicle was in their name. But if you own a car and you didn’t purchase auto insurance, you’re going to have to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible.
What to do After You’re Involved in a Car Accident
The first thing to do will be to get medical attention as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t believe you’ve been injured that seriously, see a doctor anyway. You might be running on adrenaline, and not realize just how badly you’ve been hurt.
Next, take pictures and videos of the accident scene if possible. But only if your physical condition allows you to do so, and if you can take those pictures/videos safely. If there were witnesses, get their contact information.
Sand Law is Here to Help You. Call Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Once you get the medical help you need, get in touch with Sand Law. We’ll investigate your case and then work to help you get all of the money you have coming. Just use our online form or call 651-291-7263 for a free case review.