Almost everyone who gets in a car will be involved in a car accident at some point. Hopefully, most accidents will be minor fender-benders and will not result in any injuries. Unfortunately for so many people, car crashes are often significantly more serious.
547 people were killed in car crashes in Arkansas in 2016 alone, according to collected report summaries on the Arkansas State Police website. The amount of people injured due to car crashes is probably significantly higher. If you have been injured in a car crash in Springdale, or a loved one has died due to a car crash, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law does not want you to just be another statistic. You may have opportunities to seek financial compensation for your injuries that can help you recover and get your life back on track.
Car Crashes Can Cause Severe Injuries
Most modern cars are designed with safety as one of the primary goals. They are designed to crumple to protect drivers from hard impacts, they have seatbelts and head rests designed to keep occupants in a safe position, and even the glass is designed to help prevent harm to those inside the car. Unfortunately, cars can only do so much to protect us from the poor decisions or skills of other drivers. Nevertheless, it is important to always wear your seatbelt and follow the rules of the road to prevent injury to yourself and others.
Car accidents can cause minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, and bruises, but many crashes are more severe. One of the most common car crash injuries is whiplash, an injury to the tendons and muscles in the neck caused by the quick back and forth motion of the head that is common during a car crash. Whiplash can occur even in low-speed collisions, and can leave people with pain for the rest of their lives.
Even more severe injuries can occur, including broken bones, concussions, loss of limb, paralysis, and even death. Injuries to the head can be especially severe, causing damage to the brain that can leave permanent results. Injuries to the back and neck can be especially serious news. Every nerve in your body is connected to the brain through the spinal cord, a bundle of nerves that runs down through your spine. If your back is injured and the bones of your spine are put out of alignment, you can suffer damage to the spinal cord which can leave permanent loss of sensation, numbness, pins-and-needles feelings, or even paralysis.
Some injuries, even very serious ones, are not immediately apparent after a car crash. During the crash, adrenaline pumps through your body to help you react to the emergency situation, which might mask the pain and discomfort of injuries. Unrelated to adrenaline, sometimes days or weeks may pass before the effects are noticeable, especially for brain and spinal injuries.
What Compensation is Available?
When you have been injured by the bad action or negligence of someone else, a court can make the people responsible pay for almost every effect that stems from the injury. That means that not only are medical bills compensable, but also lost wages, and pain and suffering.
You should be able to recover all medical expenses that were caused by another driver. That means covering not only any surgeries and hospital visits, but also ambulance rides, imaging (like X-rays and MRIs), plus physical therapy and rehab. Not only are the medical bills for treatment you have already received compensable, but also future medical expenses to treat your injuries.
If you have missed work, any wages you have missed can also be recovered. That includes not only wages from missing work, but also wages in the future that you will continue to miss. Even if you’ve lost your job or been forced to resign because of your injuries, you should be able to recover them from those who caused you harm.
You can also seek damages to make up for your pain and suffering. While it may seem strange to put a price tag on injury, and while no amount of money can truly make up for the pain you may have suffered, courts are willing to award damages to injured people to try and make up for their pain and suffering. Some states put legal limits, called “caps,” on the amount of money you can receive because of pain and suffering. Arkansas has no such limit, and a limit is actually banned by the Arkansas Constitution.
Trust a Springdale Car Accident Lawyer with Your Case
If you have been hurt in a car crash, or someone in your family was hurt or died, then you might be able to recover financial damages from the people who caused the crash. If you are in the Springdale area, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has experienced personal injury lawyers who handle car accident injury and death cases. For a free consultation, call (479) 316-0438.