It is never pleasant to be in a car wreck, even a minor fender bender. Confusion surrounds drivers and other victims after an accident is, leaving many people wondering how to get the medical care they need, whether their car will be fixed, and what effect the accident will have on their insurance coverage. Every case is unique with its own set of facts. But there are some common questions that frequently arise regarding car accidents and having some knowledge about what to expect if you are in a wreck can help to put you at ease.
The most frequently asked questions about car wrecks and how to recover from this type of personal injury case are:
- How long do I have to file a case? The answer is two years from the date of accident. That does not mean you have to wait that long, if you are not able to settle your case before the statute of limitations expires, you can file your case any time within that two year period.
- What types of damages can I expect to recover? Victims are entitled to recover lost wages, the loss of future earning capacity, medical expenses, pain and suffering, the costs of prescriptions, expenses associated with long term care, the costs of physical therapy, and other costs related to the accident.
- How is liability determined? The evidence gathered at the scene; including photos of the damage done, notes about the direction each car was traveling, the weather and road conditions, and information provided by witnesses. The police report is also a good source of data and your attorney will combine all of these facts to argue the other driver was at fault. In some instances, an expert witness may be needed, or it might become necessary to take the deposition of a witness or party.
- How long will my case take? Each case is different, and the timeline for reaching a resolution varies. The most important thing is to make sure the medical evidence is complete, and that no further treatment is needed before you agree to take an offer. Or, if you do require additional care, the costs of that care should be included in your award.
This list is not exhaustive, and we are sure you have questions about your specific case that do not appear above. If so, give us a call so we can go over the facts with you and let you know what to expect.
If you have been in an accident, call the attorneys at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for help. Call us at 800-279-6331 or visit us online for more information about how we can help you today.