If you have been hurt in a car accident or have recently lost a loved one when he or she was struck by a vehicle, it's important that you get the right legal facts.
In many cases, the victims or their families may be able to seek compensation for the death of a loved one or injuries that they've suffered. Even though an injury may be physical, it affects more than just the body. Your work, school or other activities may be affected, and you will need time to heal and recover. If you lost someone in a crash, that person can never be replaced. Compensation can make up for the loss of wages and other financial impacts the death has on your family.
Car crashes are expensive, and the victimization of an innocent party just adds to that cost. While the highest cost of any crash is the injury or death of a person involved, crashes do have a major economic impact. In the U.S. alone, motor vehicle crashes cost around $1 trillion in the loss of life and productivity, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That was as of 2014, so the impact could have grown in the last year.
After you lose a loved one or are hurt, the last thing you want to do is spend your time in a courtroom. Fortunately, victims and their families may not need to attend most court dates, as an attorney can do that for them. Our website has more information about what to do if you've been hurt or lost a family member in a collision.