A motor vehicle accident can drastically change your life. One moment you are exercising your duty of care behind the wheels to keep yourself and other road users safe, and the next moment you are shaken to the core, or worse still, fighting for your life. If you are involved in a car accident that has been occasioned by someone else’s reckless acts, you may be eligible for compensation for your damages.
But what kinds of compensation are you entitled to following a car accident? While it is clear that you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, most people are never aware of the specific damages they can include in their lawsuit. As a result, they end up with a settlement that is far less than what they require to fully recover from their losses and get back on their feet.
These damages are awarded to the injury victim to help take care of the financial implications of the crash to the accident victim. They are quantifiable and can be proved with specifics. For instance, the injury victim is entitled to the following economic damages following a car accident:
- Costs associated with treating their injuries
- Estimated costs for any future medical complications related to the injury
- Repair or replacement of the damaged car
- Lost income and income potential due to missed work
These damages are awarded to the accident victim to compensate for losses that cannot be expressly quantified. Examples of non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering that can be linked to the accident
- Emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life
A car accident can leave you with a huge financial burden, especially if you have to take a break from your work to recover from your injuries or fix/replace your damaged property. Understanding the damages you are entitled to can help you file a strong claim and get the compensation you deserve for your damages.