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Some of the Damages that may Potentially be Recovered if You are Injured by Someone Else

Even before the 1900s, there were already accidents that involved automobiles. Some of these accidents caused damage to vehicles, some resulted to driver and passenger injuries, while a few others resulted to the horrible death of some individuals (drivers or bystanders).

In 1925, state authorities saw that cars are bound to crash, cause damage to properties and injuries on people. It was for this reason why car liability insurance became a mandate – so that at-fault drivers will not default on paying victims the compensation they legally deserved.

Majority of car accidents are mere results of human negligence or recklessness (a very small percentage of the more than five million accidents every year is blamed on acts of nature, such as an earthquake, a tornado, or an emergency medical condition).

Though car crashes are totally preventable, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is alarmed that more than 30,000 still die every year because of these. And while traffic authorities have increased their vigilance against drivers who overspeed, who drive recklessly or who drive while impaired by alcohol, another kind of threat is on the road and most of those who commit it are teens and young adults – driving distractions.

Distracted driving happens when a driver engages in an activity that takes his/her focus from the task of driving. This distracting activity may be an act committed by the driver himself/herself or by someone else inside the car with the driver; sometimes, though, it is caused by someone or something outside the car. Due to distractions, it is, therefore, easy for drivers to fail to anticipate and react to possible road hazards.

Currently, the use of cell phone while driving is the worst and most dangerous kind of distraction for drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year thousands of car crashes, which injure 1,153 individuals and kill at least 9 others, occur due to the use of cell phone, whether texting or talking with someone. The use of cell phone, however, is not the only form of distraction drivers can be engaged in. There are so many others which have become so normal that drivers no longer realize these as distractions; their effects, however, are often tragic.

Some of the most common forms of driving distractions, which so many drivers are guilty of, include: eating and drinking; adjusting a GPS device, compact disc player or car radio; using a laptop; reading a map for directions: talking or arguing with a car passenger (the more passengers there are in a car, the greater the distraction); reaching for an object (especially from the back seat); playing with or being distracted by a child; getting distracted by a pet or an insect; grooming; lighting a cigarette; smoking; and getting lost in thought.

As pointed out by Providence car crash attorneys, if “you’ve been seriously injured or have lost a family member in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries against the person who caused the accident.
Some of the damages that may potentially be recovered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Lost earnings and earning potential
  • Expenses for household services you can no longer perform
  • Cost of transportation and childcare for medical appointments
  • Cost of assistive devices
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological disturbance
  • Loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)”