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What damages do people suffer in a car accident?


Car accidents are among the most common injury-causing events people experience. And whether they are minor or severe, people often suffer damages beyond the acute injuries.

In this post, we will examine some of the common types of damages associated with motor vehicle accidents. Knowing what these are could help accident victims and their families account for the total cost of a crash.

Economic damages

People often experience economic losses after a crash, and these are typically the most obvious types of damages. For instance, many accidents result in:

  • Property damage requiring repair
  • Lost wages from missed work days
  • Doctor visits and medical bills
  • Ambulance fees
  • Cost of replacement transportation if car is totaled or in need of extensive repair

These are damages that can be simple to add up: they are usually calculable and objective.

Non-economic damages

Other damages are more difficult to calculate because they are intangible. You likely will not get a receipt for non-economic damages, but that does not make them trivial. These can include:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental suffering
  • Pain
  • Harm to feelings or reputation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

These damages may not be visible, but they are real, and they can be quite severe.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, do not minimize your injuries or the effect the crash has had on your life. Do not overlook things that seem insignificant or impossible to calculate.

Before you accept reimbursement or an insurance payout after an accident, it can be crucial to determine whether the payments truly reflect the full extent of your damages, both economic and non-economic. If they do not, you may consider filing a personal injury claim to seek the compensation you may deserve.

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