You got hurt because someone else ran a red light or merged onto the highway without using a turn signal or checking for oncoming traffic. The bad habits or driving mistakes of another person could damage your vehicle and leave you with significant injuries. They could also leave your whole family struggling to cope with an unexpected loss.
You probably realize that you can make a claim against the other driver’s insurance coverage. In some cases, you can file a supplemental claim against your own coverage. Arizona state law also allows you to bring a personal injury claim against the person who caused your crash or another party with direct responsibility for the situation. What can you potentially ask for any personal injury claim?
When you get hurt in a wreck
The primary goal of a personal injury lawsuit after an Arizona car crash will be to recover lost money. The cost to repair your vehicle may have exceeded how much coverage the other driver had, especially if they only had the mandatory $15,000 worth of property damage coverage on their policy.
The same could be true of the medical care that you require. Vehicle repair or replacement bills and medical expenses stemming from crash injuries can all contribute to what you ask for in a personal injury lawsuit. You can claim not only emergency or trauma care but also rehabilitative services necessary to get you back to prior functional levels. You can also ask for your lost wages if your injury forced you to take a leave of absence from work or to leave your profession indefinitely.
What if your loved one died?
Those who lose loved ones in fatal crashes also have rights. They can bring a specialized kind of personal injury claim called a wrongful death lawsuit. They can seek the same kind of losses that their loved one could have sought if they had survived, including medical expenses and lost wages.
They can also seek funeral expenses. Additionally, the family can calculate the estimated financial value of the care and support provided by the deceased. Services ranging from providing parental advice to cleaning out the gutters are valuable and can increase what a family seeks in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Looking carefully at the impact of a car crash on your life and your family can help you ask for an appropriate amount of compensation when you file a lawsuit.