Pennsylvania has worked hard to get traffic deaths headed in a downward direction, but there is more work to be done. Statewide in 2020, the state still saw 1,129 people lose their lives in traffic accidents. Tens of thousands more were injured, sometimes seriously so. Many of the injured will experience lifelong problems and conditions that require physical therapy, surgical intervention, and other medical treatments. And many are left with horrific scarring, disfigurement, and disability. If you are a victim of a traffic accident in Pennsylvania, then contacting a Butler County traffic accident attorney is a smart move to make.
Serious injuries can result from even the most minor traffic accidents, which underscores the need for victims to be thoroughly examined by a medical professional following a car crash. Injuries range from back and neck injuries to traumatic brain and spine injuries, fractures, crushing injuries, burns, and more. In some of the worse traffic accidents, victims are left with a lifetime of problems.
Compensation for Traffic Accident Victims and Their Families
Compensation for victims in traffic accidents usually encompasses all of the damages that the person experienced as a result of the accident. This includes medical costs incurred at the time of the accident and while the victim is recuperating. It may also include the future anticipated costs of care. Additionally, compensation includes time lost from work due to the accident, and if recovery is expected to take an extensive time, the future cost of lost wages is generally also included. Victims may also receive compensation for pain and suffering, including physical pain and mental and emotional anguish experienced as a result of the traffic accident.
In the event that a family member passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident, the family (a spouse, child, parent, or another close relative) may file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault party and/or their insurer or other responsible persons/entities. Awards from a wrongful death suit seek to compensate families for losing a loved one prematurely, including the financial loss experienced and the loss of love, consortium, and companionship.
Ready to File a Traffic Accident Claim?
The roadways in Pennsylvania can be a dangerous place, especially when other drivers act with reckless disregard and negligence, placing others in harm’s way and leaving behind a trail of injured victims. If you are among them, then filing a traffic accident claim can help you recoup your losses so that you can be made whole again financially. Keep in mind that the state of Pennsylvania limits the amount of time that traffic accident victims have to file their claims to two years. If this date passes, your case may not have any validity at all.