According to a study by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the number of automobile accidents in Clarion County has reduced each year over a five year period from 496 to 392. While this is good news for residents and visitors of Clarion County, these statistics probably do not matter so much to those who have suffered in those 392 automobile accidents. As Clarion County car accident attorneys know, car accident injuries can be severe and life changing for both the injured parties and their family members.
After an accident, injured victims may be focusing on their physical recovery and figuring out things like how to get around without a vehicle that was damaged in the accident and being unable to work due to injuries. Injured victims and their families may rely on insurance companies to sort through payments for medical bills and property damage. The problem is that insurance companies do not focus on fully and fairly compensating injured victims and instead focus on paying out as little as possible for each claim. This is why it is especially important to find experienced car accident attorneys who will advocate for your financial recovery and make sure that insurance companies do not take advantage of innocent car accident victims by lowballing their settlement offers.
Missing work is sometimes an unfortunate consequence of car accident injuries and that often means missing paychecks as well. When car accidents lead to permanent disabilities, that may make returning to work impossible or it may mean that the injured person may only return to work in a limited capacity. When this happens, earning capacity may be reduced or eliminated all together.
Wrongful death claims
When car accidents are fatal, grieving families are left to pick up the pieces and to figure out how to go on with a life in which their loved one is no longer a part. When someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior leads to a car accident fatality, the victim’s family members may be entitled to compensation for the losses they have suffered. Compensation for losses may include loss of the deceased’s financial support, funeral and burial expenses, and value of the services, society, and comfort the deceased would have provided had he or she lived.
Survival actions are sometimes available in fatal car accident cases depending on the circumstances. Recovery in survival actions goes to the decedent’s estate and is meant to collect for injuries and damages sustained by the decedent such as his or her mental and physical pain and suffering. These actions are typically brought when a decedent survives for a period of time between the accident and his or her death.