If you're involved in a car crash, then one of the main questions you may have is, "Who is going to pay for the damages?" Auto crashes cost Americans thousands of dollars each year, and it is important that the person who is responsible is held liable.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the total cost of motor vehicle crash deaths in Louisiana in 2018 as part of its 2020 data release. According to the CDC, the cost of medical care in those cases is around $7 million in the state. Another $1.25 billion of work losses also accrue as a result of fatal crashes.
Did you know that around 800 people were killed in Louisiana in 2018 as a direct result of motor vehicle collisions? Around 70% of those who were killed were involved in crashes while in a motor vehicle, while 8% were on motorcycles, 20% were pedestrians and 1% were cyclists.
As someone who is injured in a crash, your specific losses may add up, too. Some of the financial losses you may have to deal with include:
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Medical bills and expenses
- Damage to your vehicle/repair costs
- Travel costs for medical care
Preventing crashes is the most important step in saving people's lives and preventing such significant financial losses. Some of the best ways to avoid collisions include:
- Using speed-camera enforcement
- Using a comprehensive graduated driver licensing system
- Setting up sobriety checkpoints
- Using mandatory ignition interlock devices for all those convicted of DUIs
- Enforcing seat belt laws
- Requiring helmets for children who ride bicycles
- Encouraging better booster seat and safety seat use
It's impossible to say exactly how much a collision will cost you if you're injured, but one thing is true: You deserve to hold the at-fault driver responsible and to seek compensation from them. It was their actions that led to your injuries and losses, so it's only fair that they should be the one to cover your financial losses.
You will need to put together a claim to seek compensation, which is something your attorney can help you assemble.