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— Dakota M.

Motor Vehicle

With millions of vehicles on the road and in the water, it is no wonder that accidents happen. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any type due to another person’s actions, you may be entitled to significant compensation.

Types of Motor Vehicle Wrecks

The term “motor vehicle” encompasses more than just cars and trucks. It also includes boats and other watercraft, so all of the following are considered motor vehicle crashes:

  • Motorcycle accident
  • Truck accident
  • 18-wheeler accident
  • Bus accident
  • Boat accident
  • Jet ski accident

Drunk driving accidents are not limited to cars and trucks on the roadways; a drunk driving accident can also happen when someone pilots a watercraft under the influence of alcohol.

Basis for Compensation

The main basis for compensation for vehicle accidents is negligence, or actions that put people at risk and cause harm. In the context of vehicle accidents, negligence can play out in various ways:

  • Distracted driving
  • Traveling at unsafe speeds
  • Operating an unsafe vehicle
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
  • Failing to yield

In some cases, gross negligence or recklessness may be the cause of the motor vehicle accident. Gross negligence and recklessness are considered to be more egregious behaviors than negligence. And unfortunately, some crashes are caused by the intentional behavior of another driver.

Types of Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accidents

Victims of motor vehicle accidents can seek compensation for a variety of monetary and nonmonetary losses by filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. An attorney representing a car crash victim will fight hard for a worthy settlement for his or her client.

If a settlement cannot be negotiated with the insurance company, the attorney can file a lawsuit to compel proper compensation.

Typically, compensation for monetary losses includes:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity

Victims may also seek compensation for costs to hire workers to help around their home with basic housekeeping duties, as well as compensation to replace or repair their damaged personal property.

Along with compensation for specific economic losses, victims can also pursue compensation for:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

If the party responsible for your injuries was grossly negligent or reckless, you may also be eligible to pursue exemplary damages. Exemplary damages, also called “punitive damages,” exist to punish and deter egregious behavior. For example, drunk driving cases often see the victim pushing for punitive damages.

You deserve to be represented by seasoned motor vehicle accident lawyers who are ready to fight for you. If you have been in a semi-truck accident, car accident or wreck on the water, call DLL Law for help getting compensation for your injuries.


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