Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. Over 37,000 people die in car crashes every year in the United States. Of these, about 1,600 are children under 15 years of age. Driving is especially risky for younger people — worldwide, car accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 29. Even if an auto accident doesn't cause death, it may result in a serious injury. In fact, 2.35 million people in the United States have been injured or disabled as a result of a car accident.
Depending on the severity of the incident, a car crash can be life-changing. There's much more to an accident victim's suffering than physical pain. It's common for car-crash victims to suffer emotional distress, lose wages from missing work and have piles of medical bills. If you or a family member is suffering because of an accident that wasn't your fault, you deserve compensation to get your life back — and Gerling Law is here to help you.
How Gerling Law Can Help You
It is important to begin investigating all possible contributing causes of the accident right away in order to determine who is at fault for your injuries and to preserve evidence. We have the experience and resources to handle the details of your case while you devote your time and energy to getting better.
Accidents Caused By Negligent And Distracted Drivers
Most car accidents — as well as those involving trucks, motorcycles, bikes, boats, airplanes or trains — are caused by another driver's negligence. That can mean anything from driving too fast or too slow, being distracted, ignoring signals and signs, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers and/or passengers injured in a preventable car accident are entitled to receive compensation for another driver's negligence.
Auto Accidents Can Be The Result Of Defects
Sometimes, a car accident isn't caused by a driver. Defective products that were either used in the manufacturing of the vehicle, or added by the owner after purchase, can cause or contribute to some car accidents. Tires, seat belts or air bags that fail to work properly can cause injuries. Product liability laws protect consumers from faulty or defective products by holding those who design, manufacture, market or sell the products liable (responsible) for any injuries that result from using the product. When defective products are the cause of car accidents, a Gerling Law attorney can find out who is responsible for the defect and hold them liable for your injuries.
Injuries Can Be Severe — Make Sure You See A Doctor Immediately
If you are injured in a car accident it is important to see a doctor immediately after the accident. Devastating injuries can occur that often result in disability due to serious brain or spinal cord injury. Victims can be left with paralysis and long-term disability. The full extent of injury is sometimes not apparent until long after the accident takes place.
Getting the compensation you deserve can be lifesaving in some circumstances. Injuries to the neck, head and spine are all common in car accidents. These can be immediately fatal. They also can cause lifelong paralysis. This can mean the injured person loses the ability to walk — for some, this means being out of the workforce for good.
Brain injuries can also severely limit one's abilities following a car accident. A severe blow to the head can cause permanent damage, leading to lost concentration, emotional disturbances, memory loss, poor communication abilities and more. Some people require lifelong medical care of some kind or another following a car accident. This could mean expensive medical equipment, a personal nurse and rehabilitation — all of which can be extremely difficult to pay for, particularly if the injured person can no longer work.
Even more minor injuries can be expensive. Whiplash is a common neck injury that occurs in many car accidents. Healing from whiplash is usually a straightforward process, with rehabilitation, ice therapy, heat therapy and anti-inflammatory medication normally healing the injury in a few months at the longest. However, if whiplash is not treated properly immediately after the accident occurs, the risk of developing chronic whiplash increases significantly. This can mean years or a lifetime of pain and limited neck mobility.
Wrongful Death From A Car Accident
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. A serious semi-truck or motorcycle accident can also lead to a fatality. The loved ones of the deceased may be entitled to compensation from the liable party. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, our lawyers in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro can help you file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation from those responsible for the accident.
Get The Legal Help You Deserve!
If you or a family member has been injured because of an auto accident, talking to a law firm with experience in accident cases just makes sense. Call Gerling Law in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro today at 812-266-9051 or complete the free case review form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.