Car accidents have been known to produce some of the most devastating injuries a person can experience. If you were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be shocked to learn that your injuries are so severe, they warrant amputation.
Loss of limb is one of the most severe types of injuries a person can be diagnosed with following a car accident. If you need to have a limb amputated and are unsure how to get through this difficult time or hold the liable party accountable, reach out to a Texas car accident lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins for help and support.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Amputations are some of the more common types of injuries seen in motor vehicle accidents. Car accidents can be caused in a number of ways, but the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents is negligent driving. Unsafe driving can take many forms, some of which include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drugged driving
- Drowsy driving
- Road rage
- Failure to stop
- Failure to yield
- Failure to use a turn signal
But negligent driving is not the only cause of car accidents. Auto parts can malfunction or become defective, and roads can be dangerous and contain hazards that cause collisions. Under the worst of circumstances, any of these causes of car accidents could result in loss of limb.
If you have been through an amputation and are interested in holding the liable party accountable, your attorney will need to closely examine the cause of your collision to determine fault.
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Liability for Car Accidents Causing Loss of Limbs
To recover the compensation you deserve following a car accident that resulted in an amputation, your lawyer will need to determine who is responsible for causing the car accident. Based on the common causes of car accidents above, there are many parties who could share liability for your injuries.
For example, if your car accident was caused by a negligent driver, you might assume that you would file a claim against the liable driver. While this may be the case, you may be surprised to learn that there are other parties who could also be at fault. For example, if your car accident was caused by a drunk driver, dram shops sold alcohol to someone who was already intoxicated.
If your collision was caused by defective or malfunctioning motor vehicle parts, multiple parties could share liability, such as:
- Motor vehicle parts designers
- Motor vehicle parts manufacturers
- Motor vehicle parts distributors
- Motor vehicle dealerships
- Motor vehicle companies
- Motor vehicle technicians
- Safety inspectors
- Other third parties
If the car accident that caused your amputation was brought on by hazardous road conditions, the government agencies responsible for road safety and maintenance could share liability for your injuries. Your attorney will need to conduct an in-depth investigation to determine which individual or entity should be named in your case.
What to Expect From the Insurance Company
Unfortunately, obtaining an insurance settlement is not necessarily going to ensure that you are compensated for every loss. Despite the fact that amputations are some of the most catastrophic types of injuries a person can endure in a car accident, insurance companies still prioritize their own interests over that of their claimants.
This means when you file a claim with the insurance company, you should expect them to fight back, and look for opportunities to deny your claim. Your attorney can handle the insurance company negotiations for you so you can avoid being taken advantage of during this traumatic time in your life.
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How to Make the Liable Party Pay
If you hope to make the individual or entity who is responsible for causing your amputation pay for what they have done to you, you may need to be prepared to pursue insurance and civil claims against them. Insurance companies do not typically cover every loss you have the right to recover in your claim.
Your amputation has changed the course of your life forever. You should be compensated accordingly. To do this, you may need to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Here, you can recover your economic and non-economic damages in full. Some of which might include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- The cost of your prosthetic limbs
- The costs of your physical rehabilitation or occupational therapy
- Prescription medication costs
- Hospital bills, ambulance, and emergency room fees
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Future medical care
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and skin scarring
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Meet With a Car Accident Lawyer in Texas Today
The car accident claims process can be overwhelming. When you are still recuperating from your amputation and learning to live life with your new normal, bringing your case to court can seem impossible.
Fortunately, when you have a dedicated Texas car accident lawyer on your side, you can focus on healing while we handle the legal details of your case. Schedule your no-cost, risk-free consultation today when you call our office.