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Few things can more quickly disrupt your life than a car crash, especially if you sustain serious injuries in it. Unfortunately, however, motor vehicle accidents resulting in death or injury are common events. In fact, research shows that, on average, you can expect to become involved in a car accident at least three times during your driving life. If and when you do, a car injury lawyer can be your new best friend in your time of need.
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Finding Your Car Injury Lawyer
Here at Big Auto, we are a nationwide network of experienced, dedicated personal injury attorneys who stand ready, willing and able to be your car injury lawyer of choice.
We are proud of our track record of obtaining big settlements and big jury awards for our injured clients. We are also proud of our reputation for outstanding client service. We handle everything connected to your car crash from beginning to end, always keeping you advised of the progress in and status of your case.
We understand what a devastating impact your car crash can have on your life, both now and in the future. We also know how frustrating and confusing it can be to wend your way through the legal system. Perhaps that’s the most important way in which Big Auto can help you. We take all the worry and hassle off your shoulders so you can concentrate on getting better and back to the life you love to the greatest extent possible.
No matter in which state your accident occurred, you can call us at 1 (844) Big-Auto or contact us 24/7 by filling out and submitting our convenient online case evaluation form. Not only do we provide you with a free initial consultation, but you owe us nothing unless and until we successfully conclude your case.
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Car Accident Statistics
Nationwide U.S. crash statistics reveal the following:
- Approximately 13 car crashes occur every minute of every day.
- Nearly 4.8 million people sustained serious injuries in a car crash in 2020.
- In 2021, nearly 43,000 people died in a car crash, a 10.5% increase over 2020.
- A disabling car crash injury will cost you $101,000 or more in medical expenses, lost wages and other crash-related costs.
Given this staggering amount, you need the services of a competent, qualified and dedicated car injury lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Car Crash Injuries
The types of injuries you can sustain in a car crash are almost never-ending. Here are just a few common car crash injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A TBI occurs when you hit your head against a stationary object with enough force to cause your brain to “slosh around” inside your skull. This can happen if your head hits your steering wheel, dashboard or side window during your crash.
TBIs can be traumatic indeed, resulting in such lifelong conditions as the following:
- Vision impairment, up to total and complete blindness
- Hearing impairment, up to total and complete deafness
- Speech impairment
- Balance impairment
- Cognitive impairment
- Emotional control impairment
- Post-trauma epilepsy
You can also sustain a TBI if flying glass or other debris pierces your skull and enters your brain during your crash.
Spinal Cord Injury
Your spinal cord is the “information highway” that sends messages back and forth between your brain and the rest of your body. When this cord is severed or otherwise compromised, the messages can’t get through and your body becomes paralyzed virtually everywhere below your point of injury.
If you sustain an SCI to your lower back, the result is paraplegia, i.e., paralysis of your legs, feet and sometimes your hips and pelvic regions. If your SCI occurs in your neck or upper back, the result is quadriplegia, i.e., paralysis of not only your lower body, but also of your arms, hands and torso.
Either way, an SCI renders you unable to walk and therefore reliant on a wheelchair as your means of mobility.
A crush injury occurs when part of your body becomes trapped between two stationary objects. A common example is your legs becoming trapped underneath your car’s dashboard during a car crash. Not only are crush injuries extremely painful, they can result in the necessity of amputation of the affected body part.
Because your vehicle is full of flammable and caustic liquids, including gasoline, brake fluid, steering fluid and antifreeze, you can sustain severe burns in a car crash. Burn injuries also occur if part of your body comes into contact with one of your vehicle’s hot electric wires.
A burn injury can put you in the hospital for months and require multiple skin grafts to repair the damage as much as possible. Even with the most expert plastic surgery, however, your chance of having disfiguring scars remains high.
As strong as your bones are, they’re no match for the impacts they’re liable to receive in a car crash. Whether broken or fractured, virtually all of these bone injuries require surgery – sometimes multiple surgeries – to put the pieces back together. Depending on the severity of the break or fracture and the necessary methods to mend it, you could be left with scars.
Not surprisingly, the bones in your arms and legs are at greatest risk for breaking during a car crash. Other at-risk bones include your shoulders, collar bone, breast bone, hips and pelvis.
Internal Organ Injury
Car crashes are notorious for producing internal organ injuries, especially to the spleen, liver, stomach and kidneys. Such injuries can cause massive internal bleeding and inevitably require emergency surgery to repair.
Soft Tissue Injury
Finally, you are at high risk of receiving a soft tissue injury in a car crash. Whiplash is the most common of these and occurs when the sudden stoppage of your vehicle causes your head to whip forward and backward. The result is pain in your neck and back, plus a reduced range of motion in those areas. These conditions can last for months.
Other common soft tissue injuries include strains and sprains, particularly to your shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles.
How a Car Injury Lawyer Can Help You
Contacting a lawyer is probably the last thing on your mind after a car crash where your injuries have put you in the hospital and out of work. However, it should be one of the first. Why? Because an experienced and knowledgeable car injury lawyer can make your life easier in a variety of ways. Here are just a few.
Estimate the Amount of Your Damages
Your car injury lawyer knows how much insurance companies in your area generally pay for injuries such as yours. He or she also knows what types of extenuating circumstances increase this payout, and if any of these apply to you. Consequently, he or she is in a much better position than you are to place a realistic dollar value on your injuries.
Investigate Your Accident
Police accident reports are all well and good, but often they neglect to tell the whole story. A car injury lawyer can thoroughly investigate your accident, checking any nearby security cameras for footage showing exactly what happened, He or she can also check out the road conditions at the time of the crash, as well as any construction or other barriers or traffic controls. He or she can then follow through with interviewing any witnesses to the crash. If necessary, he or she can even call in an accident reconstruction expert.
A car crash can become quite complicated quite quickly because no one wants to admit they caused it. Your car injury lawyer possesses the experience and skills necessary to determine this all-important aspect of the crash. Once he or she determines whose negligence or wrongdoing caused your accident, he or she can then file suit against that person or entity on your behalf.
Adhere to State Laws
Each state has its own laws, called statutes of limitation, regarding how soon after your accident you must file your lawsuit. Your car injury lawyer is well aware of your state’s statute of limitations and can make sure you don’t miss this crucial deadline. He or she can also ensure that you abide by all of your state’s laws concerning how your suit must proceed.
Negotiate With the Insurance Companies
Regardless of who you sue, you’ll really be dealing with that person’s or entity’s insurance company, and possibly your own as well. It should come as no surprise to you to learn that insurance companies are not your friends. They’re in business to pay you as little as possible so as to protect their own bottom lines. Consequently, you need a strong advocate in your corner to take them on and negotiate a generous settlement on your behalf. That is exactly who your car injury lawyer is and what he or she does on a daily basis.
Try Your Case
If the insurance company refuses to offer you a just settlement, your car injury lawyer can try your case to a jury. Here he or she switches gears from negotiator to trial attorney, using his or her courtroom experience and skills to strenuously advocate for you and protect your legal rights.