The days are longer; the sun is hotter; and the nights are warmer. However, just because the ice has cleared doesn’t mean the dangers on the roads have subsided. While there may not be any snow on the roads and you won’t be driving in the dark to and from work, you can still expect the number of car accidents to remain around the same. Car accidents during the warmer months are often caused by reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and speeding. If you have experienced a car accident this summer, then it is still possible to contact a lawyer and discuss your legal options.
Car accidents can leave you with a number of serious injuries that can impact your way of life. You could be left with minor pain in the shoulder, neck or back that may seem like nothing at the time. However, it could continue to develop into a chronic problem that may require surgery or rehabilitation down the road. Or, the injuries you receive could be serious from day one and land you in the hospital. Spinal injuries, head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, pelvic fractures and paralysis are all common in motor vehicle accidents.
Some of these accidents can leave you in the hospital for months. If this is the case, your summer of fun could be transformed into financial fear and emotional suffering. It can take weeks to recover from broken bones, months to recover from damage to the pelvis and shoulder and years to recover from the emotional suffering that a serious car accident can cause. In some instances, the injuries will be permanent.
Staying Safe on the Roads
To avoid any car accidents this summer make sure you always keep your eyes on the road, that you have your car serviced regularly and that you never drink and drive. Yes, it can be tempting to get into the car after having a few beverages but this could result in a serious accident on the road. You may also want to avoid late night driving as this is when the commercial trucks put in the long miles and when serious trucking accidents most often occur.
If you have been in a car accident, then you will most likely need to put in a claim with your insurance company. Minnesota works under a no fault system but this doesn’t mean you are always responsible for the losses and damages suffered; it simply means that your insurance company will need to pay. However, under certain circumstances you may be able to qualify for additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. This is something that anyone that has been injured in a car accident should look into. It only takes one phone call to check that you are being compensated fairly before accepting your insurance claim and the service is free. Our attorneys are available anytime you need. Contact us today at (612) 465-0320.