3 Reasons to Pursue Personal Injury Settlements After Car Accidents
Being injured in any type of accident is a traumatic experience. Even more stressful than the actual experience can be trying to decide if and how to take legal action following the incident. Those involving automobiles can be especially impactful, often leading to injuries that may even be life-threatening. This is why it’s so important for victims to seriously consider pursuing personal injury settlements.
The first step in this process involves finding a personal injury lawyer, or in this case an automobile accident lawyer. This injury lawyer will guide you through the legal process ass long as your incident falls within the statute of limitations, which is the set time on how long you have to file a “civil” law suit and can vary per state. In the state of Tennessee, for example, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases and wrongful death cases is one year. And settlements themselves often preclude the most dreaded portion of the process, the trial. In fact, only four to five percent of the personal injury cases in the U.S. go to trial, and 95 to 96% of personal injury cases are settled before the trial. With these statistics in mind, be sure to consider these three factors when choosing to pursue personal injury settlements.
- The Pain You’ve Experienced Matters
- Your Pain Could Have Been Avoided
- Stop Your Offender From Hurting Someone Else
Whether from truck accidents, standard vehicle collisions or motorcycle accidents, trauma of this nature inevitably has both a physical and emotional impact. Depending on the extent of the injury to your body, you may require a significant amount of time for healing, which beyond physical pain, can also result in lost wages.This recovery time may also involve a significant amount of unpredictable emotional suffering. Experiencing an event like an auto accident almost always leaves victims with a degree of lingering anxiety, and in some cases, this can even manifest into diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A large percentage of automobile accidents are preventable. While dwelling on this fact is not healthy for your mental well-being, it is important to consider when contemplating filing a personal injury lawsuit and eventual personal injury settlement. Avoidable accidents are often caused by distracted driving, specifically from electronics. A report found that approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices at any given daylight moment across America. And this distraction has a significant impact on their reaction time and overall driving. Even engaging in small tasks, such as reaching for a phone, dialing or texting, increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.
Regardless of the reason, the driver(s) who caused your accident has likely exhibited the same behavior that led to the collision before and could continue to do so in the future. If the individual was under the influence of alcohol, it’s very likely that this is a trend for him or her. In fact, the average drunk driver has driven drunk approximately 80 times before his or her first arrest. Still, while nearly 300,000 people drunk drive every day, fewer than 4,000 of them are arrested. And without guaranteed accountability, it’s no wonder these behaviors often result in damaging or fatal auto accidents. In fact, 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2013 and an estimated 2.05 million passenger vehicle occupants who were injured. Even more striking, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes.
Whether you’ve experienced an automobile accident specifically or an event that caused general trauma, always consider pursuing personal injury settlements. Though filing a claim can seem too stressful post-accident, they often yield warranted compensation for your suffering. Personal injury settlements truly can help to ease the pain you’ve experienced from your accident.