Car accidents strike when you least expect them; and when you can least afford them. The moments, days and weeks following the accident can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming, especially if you are dealing with property damage and serious physical injuries.
However, the good news is, you can file an auto accident claim if the crash happened as a result of someone else’s negligence. But, what compensation are you entitled to receive?
Here are the damages you can seek restitution for following a wreck:
A car accident is likely to result in damage to your car as well as your body. Sometimes, the accident may result in damage to other property as well, such as the belongings you had with you in the car when the accident occurred. When the accident results in damage to your car and other property, you may be entitled to compensation for the damaged property.
During your suit, you may seek to claim the cost of repairing your car or the fair market value of the car if it is written-off. To prove property damage, you will need photos of the accident scene, the extent of damage, insurance estimates and the police report.
The cost of treating your injuries following the car accident may vary depending on the nature and severity of your injuries. Some of the bills you may need to take care of include diagnosis, hospitalization, medication and ongoing therapy.
To prove the cost of treatment, you will need to provide copies of your medical report and well as expert testimony.
Lost income and income potential
If you sustain serious injuries following the accident, you will likely spend time out of work to recover. During this period, you will be missing out on wages as well as opportunities to advance your career. The court will take these into account when awarding compensation for your lost income following the accident.
A car accident can be quite traumatizing. If you are involved in an auto accident that is not your fault, it is important that you know the kinds of compensation you may be entitled to receive when filing your claim.