Have you been hurt in a car accident?
Do you have medical expenses that inflict financial hardship?
Are you behind on your rent or struggling to pay minor bills?
It may surprise you that a way of solving your money issues is not taking an extra job or a side hustle. It may be that you’re owed money for your injury, and that extra step you take to talk to an car accident attorney will pay you big bucks.
The most common three types of car accidents are: distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. A close look at these three categories gives a clearer impression.
Distracted driving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is driving while doing another activity that takes away from the attention of driving. For many, this is a frequent occurrence. There are cell phones to play with, radios to fool around with, cigarettes to throw out of the windows and more.
Each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and 1,000 are injured in accidents that involve distracted driving. The main three causes are simple:
- Visual distraction: When a driver takes their eyes off the road
- Manual distraction: When a driver takes their hands off the wheel
- Cognitive distraction: When a driver takes their mind off of driving
All three result in decreased attention to driving and possible accidents.
Drunk driving is defined as when a driver drives under the influence of alcohol. While individual states have their limit on what constitutes a drunk driver (based on blood alcohol content), alcohol even at lower levels can cause impairment.
In 1980, when Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded, there were 25,000 drunk driving deaths per year. Since then, MADD has helped cut that number to around half. Still, one life is too much. In 2015, the number of individuals killed in drunk driving accidents was a little more than 10,000.
Persons who are in car accidents that are the result of distracted driving, drunk driving, or speeding may be permitted to find a lawyer. This is especially true if the person sustains medical injuries. Imagine the following scenario:
A young man is hurt in a drunk driving accident. He has a broken arm and whiplash to his neck. He asks to go to the hospital, is admitted in the emergency room, where they splint his arm and do x-rays on his neck to determine damage. While the thought of a bill may cross his mind, his body functioning correctly is more important.
Later, he receives a hospital bill–it’s in the thousands. And he’s a relatively lucky case. He knows of people who have gone to the ER who walk out with a bill in the tens of thousands. Especially if they do not have insurance.
He tries to recover from the financial damage but slowly it sinks in. He works construction and has missed three months of work. He applies for disability. The bills pile up.
This scenario is just one of many that victims of reckless car accidents that could have been prevented face. Many struggle to pay their bills. Many, then, seek a personal injury lawyer.
52% of personal injury cases relate to car accidents.
Car accident lawyers are lawyers who understand personal injury law as it relates to car accidents. Educated through a foundation at law school and personal practice, they know what angles to take with cases to get the best possible result. This result can be financial or general reparations.
They may have gotten a bad rap in previous decades. The stereotype surrounding car accident attorneys was that of an aggressive opportunist. However, today, that can’t be further from the actions and behaviors of car accident attorneys today.
Car accident attorneys (or lawyers) listen to a client as for their account of what happened. They may offer advice, including a possible personal injury case to recoup their financial losses, and hand the individual a business card.
The individual may sit on that business card for a little bit until medical expenses start piling up. There are the hospital bills, the lost work, the rehabilitation costs, the damage to the car, and so forth.
When tired of the financial struggle, the individual places calls to car accident lawyers to open his or her case and win money.