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Economic recovery available to car accident victims

Being involved in a serious accident is not only unexpected but also life altering for Arizona residents. Even when a driver is following the rules of the road and traveling safely on the roadway, this does not protect the driver and their passengers from the negligence of other drivers. Victims of a car accident are often left with many hardships causing physical, emotional and financial pain.

When an accident victim suffers at the hand of a negligent, distracted or intoxicated driver, the injured party is able to seek economic recovery for the damages and losses caused by the incident. The type and amount recovered is dependent on the type of injuries suffered both during and after the car crash.

In order to get a general idea of what type of damages could be collected, the most common types of recovery will be discussed. To begin, victims could seek compensation for medical bills, permanent disability, pain and suffering and future medical expenses. The amount of these damages will be dependent on the severity of the injuries or disabilities and the projected time of recovery or rehabilitation.

If a victim is deformed or disfigured as a result of an accident, he or she could seek compensation for disfigurement and the mental anguish this causes the victim. Similarly, accident victims could also seek economic recovery for loss of enjoyment of life.

A serious injury could impact the victim's ability to work. Because of that, victims could seek compensation for lost wages and even lost earning capacity if they suffered temporary or permanent disabilities. Additionally, victims could seek special damages, which helps them recover all monetary losses related to the accident.

No one plans to be involved in a car accident; therefore, it is important to be well informed of the options available to victims following a crash. This might not make up for all the losses suffered, but collecting compensation in a personal injury claim helps hold a negligent driver responsible for their actions and makes the victim whole again.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Economic Recovery for Accidents and Injuries," accessed Jan. 11, 2016

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