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The types of damages that can be claimed after a car accident

Being involved in a car accident can profoundly affect your life. Not only can it permanently injure you physically, but many people suffer for years due to the traumatic impact that the experience had on them mentally.

No amount of money will ever turn back time, but taking action to claim financial damages can help you to improve your quality of life. You may, for example, be suffering from a reduced earning capacity as a result of your injuries. Additionally, you may require ongoing medical care that could be a financial burden for years to come. Many car accident victims do not manage to secure the full amount of damages that they deserve, because they underestimate the costs associated with the accident. The following are some of the types of damages that you may be able to claim.

Statewide effort focuses on distracted driving in school zones

Local authorities in Louisiana are joining the effort named "Back to School Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign." The campaign is intended to raise awareness of Louisiana's ban on handheld cell phones in school zones. Using a cell phone in a school zone in Louisiana is illegal unless the phone can be used with a hands-free setting. Authorities note there are significant dangers associated with using a cell phone while driving.

Authorities are seeking to raise awareness of risks of cell phone use while driving and to keep children, school staff and school crossing guards safe. Cell phone use while driving is considered a type of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a danger on the roadways. There are three categories of distracted driving, including cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction. Using a cell phone while driving to text, for example, combines all three types of driver distraction because it removes the driver's focus and eyes from the roadway and hands from the wheel.

Legal remedies for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can upend the lives of victims and result in costly physical, financial and emotional losses. It is important for injured truck accident victims to be familiar with the legal resources that are available every day to protect them following the injuries and harm they have suffered in a truck accident.

Truck accidents can be more serious in terms of injuries because of the enormous size disparities between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. Commercial trucks can weigh 25 times what the average passenger vehicle weighs. This can result in unthinkable damages and harm to victims of truck accidents who may suffer a range of physical, financial and emotional injuries in a truck accident.

Economic and noneconomic damages to help car accident victims

When a car, truck or motorcycle accident has resulted in injuries and harm to victims and their families, it may be possible for injured victims and their families to pursue damages from the negligent driver responsible for causing their accident and for the injuries and harm they have suffered. It is also beneficial for car accident victims and their families to be familiar with the different types of damages they may be able to recover.

Car accident damages can include economic and noneconomic damages to help victims with their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Economic damages are intended to compensate car accident victims for their monetary losses. Those losses can include medical expenses; future medical care costs; lost wages; and lost-earning capacity. Victims of an unexpected car accident can suffer a variety of challenges as they are unable to work during their recovery process.

Who is liable for a bus crash?

Victims of a commercial vehicle accident, such as a bus crash, may have many questions as they face an uncertain future because of an unexpected bus accident and the injuries they have suffered. As a result, injured victims should ensure they have all their questions answered and understand the legal protections available to them.

Several different parties may be liable for a bus crash depending on the circumstances. Depending on the situation, the tour company, bus company and others may be liable to compensate victims for the harm they have suffered. Victims may suffer physical, financial and emotional damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages which may be compensated through a claim for damages. Additional types of damages may be available if the situation calls for it.

The costly impact of brain injuries on car accident victims

Car accidents can result in a variety of serious injuries including brain injuries. Brain injuries can be costly physically, financially and emotionally for victims and their families which is why personal injury legal resources are available to protect brain injury victims and their families.

Costs to treat a brain injury can range from $600,000 to $1.875 million over the victim's lifetime. The overall estimated cost of brain injuries in the United States on an annual basis is $48.3 million and $31.7 million is spent on hospitalization costs and care for victims. The cost of treating a brain injury can vary according to the severity of the injury and may cost $85,000 for a mild head injury; $941,000 for a moderate head injury; and $3 million for a severe traumatic brain injury.

Recent reports show pedestrians risks are getting worse

Pedestrians often include children, joggers, parents pushing strollers and many other individuals who deserve safe roads. Unfortunately, that's not always what they get. Reports have shown that the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States has risen recently, even at times when other traffic fatality statistics have fallen.

For instance, from 2016 to 2017, the number of traffic deaths in the United States fell slightly. However, from 2009 to 2016, the number of pedestrians deaths soared by a staggering 46%. In 2016, officials found that about 15 pedestrians passed away every single day. The following year, it went up to 16 people every day. That may seem like a small increase, but it represents hundreds of fatalities during the year.

What motorcycle accident victims can do to protect themselves

Motorcycle crashes can result in catastrophic injuries to victims because of their vulnerability on the roadways and their vulnerability to negligent drivers. A negligent driver who has injured a motorcycle rider may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered, which commonly includes physical, financial and emotional damages.

An unexpected motorcycle accident can put a motorcycle rider in a difficult position they may not entirely be prepared to face. It is helpful to know that personal injury legal protections, and a personal injury claim for damages, can help injured motorcycle accident victims recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. The legal process provides valuable remedies to help victims of motorcycle accidents.

How injured victims can hold drunk drivers accountable

Drunk driving accidents can cause serious harm to victims, which is why victims and their families need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them. It is important for individuals responsible for driving drunk to be held liable for the physical, financial and emotional damages they cause to victims because of their negligence.

Impaired drivers responsible for causing drunk driving accidents may face both criminal and civil liability. Drunk drivers may be accountable to victims they injure through a personal injury claim for damages which is intended to cover their losses associated with medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering emotional damages. An arrest for drunk driving may be used as evidence of negligence in a personal injury claim for damages against the drunk driver and the driver's blood alcohol content level may also be used to establish negligence.

Help for truck accident victims with their damages

An unexpected truck accident can be devastating for victims and their families because of the catastrophic injuries and harm truck accident victims can suffer because of the dramatic size disparity between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. As a result, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to know how they are legally protected.

A claim for damages following a truck accident can help injured victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered because of a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Victims should also know who might be liable to compensate them for their damages following a truck accident. The answer depends on the relationship between the trucking company and truck driver and the actions of the trucking company and truck driver.

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