Getting into a car accident is something that most California residents want to avoid. Unfortunately, most people will end up in at least one car accident at some point in their lives. While many crashes are relatively minor, causing little damage and no injuries, others can be substantial and leave those involved with serious injuries and, possibly, a totaled vehicle.
You may have recently been involved in a car crash that was not your fault. Another driver acted negligently or recklessly, but unfortunately, you ended up suffering for that person's actions. Now, as you recover from your injuries, you may wonder what hardships you could face, particularly when it comes to your finances.
Common financial hardships after a crash
You may have immediately known that the incident would have lasting financial repercussions. Some of the issues you may already feel anxious about could include the following:
- Lost wages: It can take a considerable amount of time to recover from serious injuries, and if you cannot work during that time, you will likely miss out on much-needed income.
- Medical expenses: Even if you have health insurance, the costs associated with the treatments you needed for your injuries could still leave you with substantial out-of-pocket costs.
- Auto repair or replacement: Again, even with insurance, the costs to repair your vehicle or to purchase a new one may leave you struggling. If you cannot immediately afford repairs or a new vehicle, you may also end up having to pay for alternate transportation, such as taxis or rideshare.
Depending on your exact situation, you may have other expenses to worry about as well. Understandably, these worries may have you feeling stressed and out of sorts during a time when you should focus on your recovery.
How can you address your needs?
Like many people who suffer due to the actions of another person, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the injury-causing an accident. A successful claim could allow you to obtain monetary compensation for damages allowable under state law, which could include those mentioned above. In order to obtain a full assessment of your case and to understand the legal options available to you, you may want to contact a knowledgeable attorney who can go over your details.