The injuries you can get from a car crash depend on a variety of factors present at the time of the accident. For example, the type of vehicles involved, the nature of the collision, and who was involved will play a large role in determining what injuries can be sustained by a car’s driver and passengers.
Some examples of injuries resulting from a car crash include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury, including concussions
- Spinal cord trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Road rash
Following a car accident, you should always promptly seek medical attention for your injuries. Some conditions may not immediately present themselves in the hours following the incident, and you do not want to risk jeopardizing your health.
Types of Injuries Relate to the Type of Car Crash
The injuries you sustain will depend on the type of car accident you endured. For example, according to Mayo Clinic, if you were involved in a rear-end collision, you may have experienced whiplash. Moreover, the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
reports that people involved in rollover crashes are more likely to receive injuries to the head, neck, and face when compared to other types of collisions.
The injuries you can get from a car crash can carry severe implications for both your personal and professional lives. Some people’s injuries do not allow them to return to work right away. Others may face a prolonged recovery period that puts a financial strain on their resources. For that reason, after a car crash, many people turn to litigation to pursue the cost of their medical bills.
Wrongful Death in Car Crashes
In a car crash, sometimes the circumstances cause someone to lose their life. If this factor was present in your situation, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim, depending on your relationship with the decedent.
If your case is successful, you may be able to recover the cost of:
- Funeral, burial, and memorial services
- Outstanding medical bills
- Loss of household benefits and parental guidance
- Various end of life expenses, including hospice
Under the Code of Virginia §8.01-244, if you are a qualifying representative, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a civil action.
Causes of Car Crashes
Whether you turn to the court system or your insurance company for compensation, there will need to be an investigation conducted to determine how your accident occurred. Unfortunately, in Virginia, car crashes happen every day. In fact, according to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, one accident happens every 4.1 minutes.
Some examples of actions and behaviors that can cause an accident include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or fatigue
- Failure to adhere to traffic signals
- Failure to yield
- Road rage
- Failure to drive defensively in dense traffic or inclement weather
If another driver is found to be responsible for the accident, they may be liable for the cost of your injuries and other related losses. Under the Code of Virginia §8.01-243, you generally have two years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. If you do not take action within this period, you may be unable to pursue litigation for your injuries.
Let the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, Protect Your Interests
After getting injured in a car crash, you should be able to focus on your recovery without the pressure of legal obligations. When you work with the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, we can handle the details of your case while you recover from your injuries and spend time with your family.
You do not need to enter into negotiations with insurance companies by yourself. When you allow us to represent you, we can estimate the cost of your damages, advocate for your legal rights, and help you walk away with a settlement that accurately covers your losses. Attorney Jim Parrish understands how insurance companies work. His experience representing insurance companies provides him with information from inside the industry. Let him put his experience to work for you.
The Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, offers a free case review, during which we encourage you to share the details of your accident, including how it happened, who was involved, and the impact it has had on your life.
To get started, call the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, today at (571) 229-1800.