Though fatalities from auto accidents have dropped in recent years, more than 30,000 people die every year in the United States as a result of auto accidents. Not only that, but more than 2 million people are injured in auto accidents every year. A death or severe injury that drastically impedes the ability of the victim to continue to live a normal life is considered the result of a catastrophic auto accident.
A catastrophic auto accident is a vehicular accident that occurs as a result of the negligence of one of the drivers, and results in the death or catastrophic injury of other drivers or passengers involved in the accident. A catastrophic injury is considered to be an injury that results in a dramatic lifestyle change for the victim. Catastrophic injuries include brain and spinal cord injuries, paralysis, fractures and broken bones, and soft tissue damage. All of these injuries can require substantial investments in terms of time and money for hospitalization and treatment. They may also have lifelong consequences that can inhibit the victim’s ability to work, and otherwise live a normal life.
If a severe injury sustained during a catastrophic auto accident is the result of the negligence of the other driver, the victim has certain rights to which he or she is entitled. Negligence on the part of the driver includes violating traffic laws, driving aggressively, or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The victim or victim’s family may be entitled to damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of income, funeral and other costs. If you or a loved one have been involved in a catastrophic auto accident, legal representation from a personal injury attorney can help you seek damages for your injuries. Contact the personal injury lawyers in Baltimore of The Snyder Litigation Team today for more information.