In a recent blog post, we discussed steps individuals who are involved in a car accident should take. Some of these tips are meant to help individuals prove another driver’s negligence and can greatly benefit an individual who plans to take legal action.
For example, when interacting with other involved parties at the accident scene, it’s important not to say or do anything that may implicate one as being at fault. Additionally, it’s important to obtain a copy of the police accident report which provides details about the cause of the accident and includes records of any resulting citations.
When pursing legal action after a car accident, it’s important to account for both financial and personal losses. Individuals who are injured in car accidents may suffer numerous related financial losses including those associated with medical care, motor vehicle repairs and lost wages. In some cases, serious physical injuries may require an individual to undergo multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitative treatments. In cases where injuries result in a permanent disability, an individual may be unable to work and may require in-home assistance or care.
In addition to these types of great financial expenses, individuals injured in car accidents also often suffer significant personal losses. Not only are car accident-related injuries physically painful, but they can also result in an individual suffering great emotional and mental pain. For example an individual may develop crippling anxiety or depression. Additionally, an individual who is married and/or has children may suffer a spouse’s loss of affection and consortium as well as the ability to provide and care for his or her children.
Residents in the Myrtle Beach area, who have suffered these types of financial and personal losses due to the negligent acts of another driver, would be wise to discuss their case with an attorney.
Source: FindLaw.com, “What Kinds of Damages May I Claim for Car Accident Injuries?,” Feb. 24, 2015