There is no average settlement for children in car accidents. However, you could add up all the values of your losses for a settlement figure that you want to pursue.
How Car Accident Damages Are Evaluated
Your lawyer will use certain formulas to evaluate your accident-related losses. Economic damages will retain their exact economic value, while non-economic damages have to have a value assigned to them.
Assessing your damages can prove to be a difficult process for victims to perform alone. However, a lawyer from our firm can help you do this task, as they have seen how other victims value their non-economic losses.
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The Types of Car Accident Damages You Could Recover for You and Your Child
The damages you could secure for you and your child’s injuries and related losses due to your car accident will depend on the circumstances of the accident itself. For instance, you could secure compensation to pay for the following:
- Your medical bills
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Past and future mental anguish (yours and your child’s)
- Past and future pain and suffering (yours and your child’s)
- Loss of enjoyment of life (yours and your child’s)
- Lost wages, tips, benefits, and bonuses
- Lost future earning capacity
- Mobility aids
If you lost your child due to a car accident, you could seek out the following damages in a wrongful death claim:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Your child’s medical costs before their passing
- Your mental anguish
- Therapy costs
Damages cannot heal your pain, but they can help take some financial strain off you and your loved ones.
How Your and Your Child’s Accident Could Have Occurred
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) affirms that “The largest number of motor vehicle crash deaths occur among occupants of passenger vehicles.” Serious and minor injuries also occur in these circumstances.
Yours could have been attributed to any of these situations:
A Driver Was Operating Their Vehicle Negligently or Recklessly
The other driver in your situation could have chosen to operate their vehicle in a way that put you and your family at risk. This could have looked like:
- Driving while intoxicated: Driving despite being over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit or experiencing side effects from medication.
- Driving while drowsy: Driving without having gotten enough sleep or experiencing side effects from medication.
- Driving distracted: Looking at the scenery, changing the radio station, texting while driving, or talking to passengers in the vehicle.
- Driving aggressively: Tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, merging into your lane without enough room, etc.
- Failing to respond to environmental conditions: The driver could have failed to adapt their driving to weather events, like making sure they had enough time to come to a stop in heavy rain.
An Employer Was Negligent
If you were hit by a commercial truck driver or a food delivery vehicle, you might be able to hold the driver’s employer responsible for the accident. You and your lawyer can look for proof that the employer was negligent.
This evidence might display that the employer:
- Did not perform a background check on the vehicle driver
- Knew about past DUIs on the driver’s record and hired them anyway
- Encouraged the driver to speed or drive recklessly to make a deadline
The Road or Traffic Signs/ Signals Were Not Properly Designed or Maintained
Sometimes an accident occurs due to no fault of the drivers involved. The municipality in charge of ensuring the roadways are safe could be responsible for the accident. For instance:
- A traffic light could have malfunctioned or had no power.
- A sign could have fallen, defaced, or stolen.
- Road markings did not dry properly or were not laid correctly.
- Merge lanes were designed too short.
- Traffic lights were programmed incorrectly, failing to give enough time to get through the intersection.
- Debris or roadkill was not cleared in a timely manner.
You have a limited time to file a lawsuit in Georgia. O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33 imposes a timeline of two years for accident victims to file suit after suffering an injury or losing a loved one in a car crash.
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How a Lawyer With Our Firm Benefits a Car Accident Victim
After your accident, you do not need to be spending your precious time arguing with insurance adjusters. You deserve to spend time with your family and heal at this time.
Let your lawyer handle your case. They can take on the following details for you:
- Negotiating with the insurance company
- Speaking with the other party’s lawyer
- Inform you of your options
- File paperwork
- Stand with you in court
- Help you stay within the statute of limitations
- Valuate your accident-related losses
- Keep you up-to-date regarding your case
Speak to a Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Representative Today
Our team helps injured Georgians every day. Let us lend you a helping hand. In a free consultation, we can discuss how despite the fact that there is no average settlement for children in car accidents, we can estimate what your case is worth.
Call us at (404) 888-8888 today.