When a driver or passenger is in a car accident, they can suffer serious injuries. If they decide to pursue compensation for their injuries, there is general information available that can help.
Car accident injuries
The injuries a person sustains in a car accident can range from minor to severe, depending on how fast the vehicles were traveling, the use of seat belts or airbags and the conditions on the road.
Whiplash is a common injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden back-and-forth motion and head injuries can happen in an impact with the steering wheel, dashboard or windows. Abdominal injuries occur when the seat belt or steering wheel hits the torso.
Car accidents can cause fractures and broken bones, bruises and injuries to the muscles, broken ribs, injuries to the lungs and spinal cord injuries that can cause long-term damage. In cases of a fire, the driver or passenger can suffer from burns.
The first step after a car accident is to receive medical attention if necessary. If the driver or passenger chooses to seek compensation for their injuries, they will need to file a petition with the court and each side will exchange information and evidence about the accident.
Sometimes, the parties can reach a settlement, meaning that the case does not go to trial. If the parties cannot reach a settlement, a judge or jury will hear the evidence and decide whether to award damages. Damages are the payment the injured party receives.
Compensation can be especially helpful in situations where the driver or passenger has serious or long-term injuries because the funds can help replace their income while they heal.