Living After a Car Accident

Everything feels different after something as terrifying as a car accident. Getting behind a wheel doesn’t feel as casual as it used to be and sometimes, you hold on just a little bit tighter. Driving within the speed limit feels like it’s too fast. When the door closes and you’re speeding down a highway, sometimes it can be too hard to breathe until you can get out and feel safe again.

Some people might tell you that the worst is over once your physical injuries have healed and you can just be on your merry way again right after, no problem. Little do they know that usually, it’s just getting started.

Living after a car accident is always difficult as there is everything to get used to. Out of necessity, someone has to feed you and get you through the motions of the day. There’s also your ability to work as sometimes, this can be hindered by the physical effects of a car accident. But what they don’t tell you is the things that change in your mind’s eye when you look at them.

There are survivors of car accidents who find it difficult to be trapped in enclosed spaces and suffer from severe claustrophobia. Some are triggered into panic attacks by the simplest of unexpected triggers such as road bumps, a car horn, the smell of gasoline, or just the sound of tires on asphalt. Many suffer from insomnia or have vivid nightmares from the accident or wake up with wounds on their body that they’d self-inflicted while asleep because they were trying to wake themselves up. Some people suffer then from clinical depression to the point of having suicidal thoughts and tendencies. These are only some of the more classic signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This website points out steps survivors of car accidents can potentially take after the event. In legal terminology, personal injury is a situation wherein a person has suffered injury (physical, emotional, and/or mental) due to the negligent actions of another person. Psychological trauma and mental illness are difficult to treat but with efficient and effective therapy and medication, it can be survived too – despite all the odds.

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The Reality of Motorcycle Accidents

Most states require motorcycle riders to wear regulation helmets, bright clothing, and safety gear when they go out on the open road because they are much more vulnerable to accidents than regular motorists or even pedestrians. This is primarily because aside from the lack of infrastructure protection, motorcycles can go at high speeds, exponentially increasing the operator’s chances of a brutal accident and serious injury, if not death. As pointed out on the Evans Moore, LLC website, motorcycle riders are statistically more than 30 times more likely to get injured or die in a vehicular accident than a motorist. That’s a sobering thought.

What is more sobering is that no matter how diligent and careful a motorcycle operator is, he or she is virtually at the mercy of the other vehicles they encounter on the road. If a motorist sideswipes a motorcycle rider, accidentally or deliberately, you can be sure that the motorcycle rider will go down.

Consider the statistics in Tennessee: there were 134 motorcycle fatalities in 2013, only 6 of which were not wearing a helmet. This is a slight improvement over 2012, where 139 died, 8 of which were not wearing helmets. This indicates that motorcyclists in Tennessee are generally careful, and yet they still fall victim to accidents. In one recent incident, a man and his wife on a motorcycle were struck by a motorist who failed to yield. The motorist sustained no injuries but the motorcyclists sustained serious injuries which eventually proved fatal for the man.

It is tragic but the reality is every time you mount a motorcycle, there is a high risk that you will not get off on your own steam, whether through your own fault or another party’s negligence. If you sustained serious injuries because of the latter, you may at least be able to get compensated for your pain and suffering. Consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Tennessee for legal advice and assistance.

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Hit and Run Injury Claims and Civil Liability

Hit and incidents are not only considered regular traffic accidents, there are legal consequences that can be severe for those who commit them. In order to understand the legal consequences of a hit and run accident, Williams Kherkher explains that when motorists are involved in any type of traffic accident, they have certain duties that they are required to perform. Motorists who have been in an accident that involved an injury – even minimum ones – are generally required by the state to contact emergency services, although this all depends on the state laws. There are others that would require more actions, such as transporting the injured victim to the hospital.

Serious injuries and property damages also require the uninjured driver to call the authorities. Just as important is the need to exchange contact and insurance information, and these would require both parties are at the scene. Those who have injured due to hit and run accidents will have the right to recover punitive damages from the offending party. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver is the only way for an injured plaintiff to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages like pain and suffering that was directly caused by the reckless actions of the defendant.

The amount for punitive damages is not only made in order to further punish the defendant, it is generally computed in accordance to the defendant’s lack of morality. As direct punishment for the defendant’s actions, the punitive damages would depend on the income; the richer the defendant is, the higher the punitive damage will be given. Even when the accident is not committed intentionally, if the defendant fled the scene of the accident, they will be held liable for punitive damages especially if it was proven in court that fleeing the scene was indeed intentional.

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Car Accidents – A Common Sight on the Road

To U.S. traffic enforcers, sights of the aftermath of cars having collided against another car or other motor vehicles and cars crashing into a wall, a tree, a lamp post or any other solid object, are already too common, with the more than five million car crash reports being filed yearly at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Though car accidents have also steadily increased with the increase in the number of cars on US roads, these don’t have to be so if only traffic safety rules are strictly observed and focus is observed while behind the wheel. This also means refraining from drinking, if you will be driving later, never using handheld phones while driving, never over speeding or driving too slowly and never acting irresponsibly or recklessly while on the road.

There are many different reasons why a car accident may happen, aside from those listed above, which, by the way, are the top causes of road mishaps identified by the NHTSA. There are also driver errors, which include failure to use signal lights, tail gaiting, irresponsible overtaking, beating the red light, making sudden turns, and so forth.

An accident is always a traumatic experience, especially for those who sustain injuries; and, the trauma increases if the injury is severe or could result to the victim becoming disabled. Another cause of great worry for the victim and his/her family is the financial burden the injury will usher in. This is due to the medical treatment and the loss of income as the injury is sure to render the victim incapable of reporting to work. Even the opportunity to land in a better job can be affected by the injury sustained. Despite the certain unexpected financial needs, though, the right law firm gives hope to accident victims, saying that they have the legal right to “pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered.”

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