Unlike sedans, when a larger vehicle like a truck is involved in an accident, the resulting property damages and physical damages can be much more severe because of the weight, momentum of impact, and size of the vehicle. After an Arizona crash, insurance companies are going to do everything within their power to undermine the victim and reduce the amount of payment they put out. For this purpose, it is helpful for victims to understand the value of their claim before they speak to or accept any settlement from an insurance company. The best way for you to have a more accurate picture of the compensation you could obtain for your damages is to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney in Arizona at ELG Law.
The damages that result from an accident include property damages, medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional distress or pain and suffering. Some of these damages are easy to assess because they have tangible supporting evidence, while others need to be looked at through a more trained eye to determine what is fair.
Property damages are a tangible expense. You know what the repairs to your personal property will be with garage estimates or through estimates of the total value of your vehicle when it has been totaled. Medical expenses are also tangible, for the most part, because you have receipts from procedures, explanation of costs associated with treatment, gear needed to help you recover, therapy session expenses, ambulance and transportation costs defined, and prescription medication costs, to name a few. When long-term and future medical treatment and therapies are needed, it is possible to estimate the costs that the individual will also have to face in the future along with the current costs they faced right after the accident.
For some, when injuries occur, their ability to work and obtain much-needed income that supports their lives is greatly impacted. There are two areas where income can be calculated, and the first is the total amount of wages lost due to injuries. This would be for work missed due to hospitalization or recovery, or any type of sick days or another work benefit you had to take in order to account for your injuries.
The second area of income that can be assessed is the future income losses you experience. If you are unable to return to your industry as a result of the injuries, or if you have a long-term recovery that will keep you from working at all or any type of deficit in your ability to earn a living in the capacity you were able to before the accident, an estimation of your future earnings can be calculated based on a number of factors. Sometimes, this piece can be a bit of a gray area, but an experienced attorney will be able to look at this properly and even use the assistance of an economic expert to ensure all these costs are correctly accounted for.
Pain and suffering is generally another gray area that requires a look at all the factors combined to determine what the total amount you deserve for what you had to endure would be. The severity of your injuries, the physical proof of your pain, the long-term and future impact of the injuries on your quality of life, and the circumstance of the incident, including the background of the defendant, are used to come up with a reasonable amount.
There is a limited amount of time in most states to file a personal injury claim. If you miss this deadline, you could lose out on the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries and losses. In the State of Arizona, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is two years from the date the incident occurs.
This means the clock starts ticking right after you have been victimized. Enlisting the help of an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney at ELG Law will ensure that you have a strong case built on your behalf for the highest amount of compensation within that time frame so you are protected and you see your full legal justice. Call our Phoenix or Mesa Arizona law offices today at 623-562-3838.