Highway Car Accidents
Driving on the highway is one of the easiest ways to travel long distances without needing to hit stop signs, red lights, and other inconveniences of backroads. The convenience of high-speed travel comes with a range of risks, though, and when you are in an accident at highway speeds, the results can be catastrophic. These types of accidents can cause serious damage and can be especially frustrating if someone else caused the accident because they were driving recklessly or negligently.
If you have been involved in a car accident on a Florida highway that someone else caused, then you deserve to be compensated fairly and completely for the financial damages that you have encountered, but the unfortunate reality is that the insurance company you file a claim with is going to take every step possible to limit your settlement amount. This is why it is so important to work with a personal injury attorney to get the money that you are rightfully owed.
Work With Fasig | Brooks To Get the Money You Deserve
While you focus on recovering from your physical and emotional injuries, we will be fighting for your legal rights through ongoing negotiations with the insurance company. The goal, in most cases, is to reach a settlement agreement before we are required to file a lawsuit with the Florida courts, but there are many different factors that we will need to consider as we are deciding the best approach for your unique situation.
Read more below for an idea of how damages are calculated in highway accidents and how we can help you get a fair settlement. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation and case consultation, so that we can get a better understanding of how we can best work together to help you through this stressful process with confidence. You deserve support as much as you deserve compensation, and we are here to get you both.
How Are Highway Accident Damages and Settlements Calculated?
On paper, the damages for a highway accident look the same as most other personal injury situations, where we will calculate both your economic and non-economic damages before initiating our negotiations with the insurance company. While there are certain situations where a victim may be awarded punitive damages, as well, these are awarded by a judge or jury and may not be requested by the victim; therefore, we will never calculate these types of damages.
Economic and non-economic damages are both known as “compensatory” damages, meaning that they are intended to compensate the victim for damages, whereas punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant.
Economic damages are the basis of any personal injury case because they account for all of the measurable financial impacts that an injury causes. They include things like your medical bills and all other medical-related costs, like copayments, assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs or braces, prescriptions, and more. In addition, they will seek compensation for any impacts to your income, such as a diminished earning capacity, any PTO or vacation days you needed to cash in, and any possibility of either short-term or long-term disability, to name a few.
Beyond these two major areas of economic damage, there are many other things that we will need to consider as well, such as any services that you have needed to pay for to perform tasks you would have otherwise done yourself, such as grocery shopping, laundry, and even driving. We will be meticulous in our research to make sure that every since impact that the accident has on your financial stability is accounted for during our negotiations.
Non-economic damages are trickier to calculate, which is why insurance companies are so quick to push back on them. These are the damages that are often overlooked or ignored when a victim is managing a claim on their own since defending these calculations requires a strong legal background that an attorney brings to the case.
Non-economic damages seek compensation for the “abstract” impacts of an injury, such as the actual pain and suffering that the victim must endure from their injuries, and the emotional trauma of the accident. Since there is no measurable dollar value associated with these types of injuries, there are a variety of other methods used to reach a final amount, including using a scale to indicate the severity of these damages which is then multiplied against the economic damages. However, we will have a variety of methods to choose from and will use the one that is most appropriate for your unique case.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Now
The sooner you contact us about your accident and injuries, the sooner we will be able to take action and start working towards getting you a settlement that you deserve. We understand how difficult this time of your life can be, and how overwhelmed you may be feeling, which is why we pride ourselves on giving our clients peace of mind about their legal issues as they focus on their personal lives and physical recovery. You deserve to work with a Florida car accident attorney who has compassion for your situation, and you will find that care with us.