3 types of losses people can potentially recover after a car crash

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Connecticut car crashes have a tendency to be incredibly expensive. Even minor damage to a vehicle can cost thousands of dollars to repair. More serious collisions may also lead to people getting hurt, which can cause an avalanche of additional expenses.

Bills generally begin accruing immediately after a crash. Many people have to arrange to tow their vehicles, and they then need to pay for repairs. Some people may require emergency transportation to hospitals, followed by ongoing care until their symptoms subside. The crash can cause such serious economic issues that it impacts their entire family.

Provided that someone was not at fault for a car wreck, they may have several options for pursuing compensation including personal injury lawsuits and insurance claims. What financial losses can people typically recover after a Connecticut crash?

Property damage losses

Even low-speed collisions often lead to property damage. A crash can leave a vehicle unsafe to drive and damage other items inside the vehicle, including electronics or tools someone uses to perform their job. Any property damage directly related to a car crash may contribute to a compensation claim after the wreck. Even basic insurance policies include property damage coverage.

Medical expenses

Someone with a deep gash in their forehead after a crash may require stitches and then treatment to minimize the cosmetic impact of their injuries. More serious injuries may lead to more significant expenses, including trauma care costs at hospitals, surgical expenses and rehabilitation costs. So long as there is a clear connection between someone’s injury and the car crash, they may be able to recover their treatment costs from the driver at fault for the crash. However, the mandatory insurance in Connecticut may not be enough to cover the medical expenses created if someone suffers a major injury.

Lost wages

Some people miss a few days of work because they require treatment and time to heal. Others may never work again. Both a temporary loss of income during a recovery or a permanent change in earning potential might justify a compensation claim against someone who caused a crash.

Looking into every option for compensation after a crash, including lawsuits against third parties, could be necessary when someone suffers significant losses as a result of a preventable collision.