Auto accidents are an unfortunate yet common incident in people’s lives. In fact, a person is more likely to get into a motor vehicle accident than a plane crash. Car crashes happen every day in the United States; in fact, earlier this month, there was a widely reported collision between a car and an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles. Thankfully, the two individuals in the vehicle got out of the car before the train collided with it and no injuries were reported.
Recently as well, an individual who was engaged in an illegal drag race lost control of his car and crashed into a crowd of 60 people. The driver, who turned himself into Los Angeles police earlier this month, killed two people and injured several others. The man has been charged with murder.
Recovering Damages in an Auto Accident Case
If you have been in a car crash that was the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless driving, you will most likely be able to recover damages. The compensation you receive is supposed to address a variety of financial concerns you may have after being in an accident such as:
- Inability to work
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In the event of your death, the compensation can also compensate your spouse or children for loss of companionship or guardianship.
Proving Damages in an Auto Accident Lawsuit
To recover monetary compensation, you will have to prove the value of the damages you suffered. This is often done by testimony and presenting records of your medical bills and the wages you were making at the time of the crash.
Testimony is given by experts who can tell the jury:
- The wages you would have made had you been able to work
- The severity and extent of your injuries, including how long they will last and how you can expect the injuries to affect you in the future
- Your emotional trauma and how that has affected you and your loved ones
- How your loved ones have been affected by your injuries
The above is a non-exhaustive list of how expert testimony is used in a car accident lawsuit. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure that you secure all the right individuals to give testimony if your case goes to trial.
If you, or a loved one, have been in an auto accident and suffered damages, our attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley want to help. We have years of experience handling auto accident compensation cases in the Los Angeles area, and we are able to help you recover whatever costs to which you are entitled.
For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our office at (213) 514-8332.