The United States is a nation on the move. From the cars that Americans use in all aspects of their daily lives to the trucks that transport goods from the source to the store, motor vehicles are intricately entwined in the fabric of society. Unfortunately, there is a price attached. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there were more than 7.2 million crashes nationwide in 2016 that resulted in over 37,000 fatalities and more than 3.1 million injuries.
If you are like most people, you never expected to be injured in a motor vehicle accident, but you were. Perhaps your injury occurred during a collision between your car and another automobile or truck. Perhaps you were struck by a vehicle while riding your bicycle or motorcycle. You may even have been a pedestrian or a passenger riding on a commercial vehicle at the time of the accident. However you were injured, the fact remains that the accident has had — and may continue to have — a profound effect on your life and possibly the lives of your loved ones.
You may be in physical pain from your injuries, making it difficult or impossible to perform tasks that you once took for granted. You may be unable to work, take care of your home, shop or participate in family activities. If your injuries are severe, you may find that changing your clothes, preparing even a simple snack, or taking care of your grooming needs is beyond your abilities. You may have to rely on family members or hire a caregiver to help you with even the most basic tasks.
In addition, you are likely enduring emotional distress. Even if your injuries have not left you completely disabled, you are concerned over your mounting medical bills. If you are unable to work, you are probably worried about how you can continue to pay your normal bills as well as those related to your medical care. Your vehicle may need to be repaired or replaced, causing you additional stress.
You may also be concerned about what the future will hold. If you suffered a severe injury, you could be facing an extended period of rehabilitation. You are worried about how you will pay for your future medical expenses, especially if you will be unable to be gainfully employed until you are fully recovered. Your career plan could be sidetracked, or you may be forced to choose a different occupation as a result of your injury.
Furthermore, you may not be suffering alone. Your parents or adult children may have to help with your personal care or contribute to your financial support. Your spouse may feel the need to work longer hours or take a second job. If you have young children, they may not understand why you can no longer do the things that made your time together so special. Plans for a vacation, a new house, a college education or a new car may need to be postponed indefinitely.
In short, you may wonder whether you will ever have your old life back, and it may seem unfair that you are suffering for someone else’s negligence. Although no one can turn back the clock to the time before your accident, there are laws that were enacted to help those injured due to a driver’s negligence. In the United States, driving is a privilege, and it is a privilege that carries a responsibility. Drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe, reasonable manner. This means that they should not drive while impaired, allow themselves to be distracted, ignore traffic signs, exceed the speed limit, or otherwise operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner. When drivers breach their duty and injure another party, that party is entitled to seek financial compensation. Financial compensation can include payments for medical expenses, lost wages, property losses, loss of future income, and payments for the injured person’s pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, a personal injury attorney can evaluate your situation and help you seek the compensation that you deserve. At Lloyd Baker Powerhouse Injury Attorneys, our practice is devoted to matters related to personal injury law. From our offices in Las Vegas and Phoenix, we serve clients who are residents of or were injured in the states of Arizona and Nevada. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced, and we are willing to fight for your right to be fairly compensated. To date, we have collected more than $117 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We are excellent listeners who recognize that everyone is a unique individual with unique needs. We offer free case consultations, so call our Las Vegas office at 702-444-2222 or our Phoenix office at 602-265-5555 to schedule yours today. If you prefer, you can reach us through our website by using the online chat feature or submitting the contact form.