Every year, there are over 6.75 million car accidents in the United States. This amounts, on the whole, to around 18,510 accidents each day involving automobiles. It’s not surprising that auto accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims each year. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in a recent year there were 4.8 million injuries treated in emergency rooms as a result of 3.4 million car accidents involving 6.1 million automobiles.
The projected total cost of these automobile accident injuries was $473.2 billion.
- drops in wages and production
- The Cost of Healthcare
- Costs incurred in the administration
- Accidental property destruction
- Costs to employers
Injuries sustained in a car crash can have long-lasting, even permanent effects on a person’s quality of life. Those who are injured in automobile accidents should seek the advice of an experienced attorney who specializes in such cases to learn more about their legal options and how to pursue compensation. But they have a short window of time in which to file an injury claim. Call Khan today!
When Should You Seek Medical Attention Following a Car Accident?
The statute of limitations establishes time limits set by each state for filing civil claims. Within this time window, you must file a claim for your injury. Injuries sustained by individuals, such as those sustained in automobile accidents, are subject to varying statutes of limitations depending on the state in which the incident occurred. There are shorter ones (as short as a year) and longer ones (four years or more) than the conventional two-year duration.
The statute of limitations begins to run either on the date of injury or, if the victim did not discover the harm until later, on the date the victim discovered or should have discovered the injury.
But there are situations where the statute of limitations clock stops running. This is known as “tolling the statute of limitations” in legal circles.
It is possible for the statute of limitations to be tolled if:
- After creating your injury accident, the other person has departed the state.
- When the damage occurred, the victim was under the age of 18.
- For any reason, like mental illness, the wounded party lacks legal decision-making capacity.
The statute of limitations for claims against the government is typically shorter, which is another important consideration. If a city worker was at fault for your injury, you may have only six months or a year to initiate a lawsuit for damages.