Common Car Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm you suffered. While some victims are lucky enough to walk away with minor injuries, others are not so fortunate. The harsh reality is that car crashes seriously hurt thousands of Americans every year. These common car accident injuries are often long-lasting or even permanent. While no amount of money can ever repair the harm you suffer, monetary compensation can be helpful in dealing with costs arising from the accident. Experienced Randolph County car accident lawyer Dorwin J. Wolfe also represents clients from Harrison County, Marion Country, Monogahela Country, and throughout West Virginia in seeking the damages they deserve.Common Car Accident Injuries
According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, there were 330 fatalities on West Virginia roadways in 2013. Depending on the circumstances and severity of the car accident, the resulting injuries may differ. Here are some common examples:
- Traumatic brain injuries: severe impact to the head, causing bleeding, bruising, and swelling of the brain
- Neck injuries: whiplash or more serious impact resulting in pain, disc injury, or cervical dislocation
- Spinal cord injuries: displaced bone fragments or disc materials, ligament bruises, or tears in the spinal cord tissue, resulting in a loss of feeling or function
- Back injuries: sprains, strains, displaced discs, and/or fractured vertebrae
- Facial injuries: impact to the face, such as by hitting a steering wheel, often resulting in scrapes, bruises, broken bones, lacerations, and fractures
- Internal injuries: strong force or impact resulting in internal injuries to the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, shattered ribs, punctured lungs, and/or internal bleeding
- Psychological injuries: caused by sight, sounds, and overall accident experience resulting in emotional distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression.
To recover any damages in a car accident case, the injured party must establish that the defendant was negligent. Generally, negligence is the failure to take proper care in doing something, which results in harm. In a negligence lawsuit, a crash victim first must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care to drive as an ordinary person would in similar circumstances. Next, the victim must show that the defendant breached the duty of care by driving in a careless manner, such as by speeding, failing to yield at an intersection, or running a red light. Finally, the victim needs to prove that the defendant’s breach directly caused the accident that injured the victim and from which the victim suffered damages.
Each state has a different time frame in which a negligence lawsuit can be brought, known as the statute of limitations. If you do not file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations, you may not be able to have a court hear your case at all. For this reason, it is best to consult a local attorney who will be vigilant about timelines in your case.
Under West Virginia law, you may be entitled to compensation for common car accident injuries if you succeed in a negligence claim. Compensation from a settlement or jury verdict can include money for medical expenses, property loss involving damage to your vehicle, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other economic or non-economic harms arising from the accident.Seek an Experienced Car Crash Lawyer in Randolph County
At the Wolfe Law Firm, knowledgeable Randolph County attorney Dorwin J. Wolfe strongly believes that those who carelessly or recklessly injure others on West Virginia roads should be held accountable for their actions. If you’ve been in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we are ready to help. We understand the physical, financial and emotional strain an accident can have on you and your family. We will explore the facts of your case and devise a specific strategy to fit them. For a free case evaluation with an attorney, contact us online or call us at 877-637-5756.