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Car Accidents: Causing More Damage Than You Think

According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents have serious consequences across the country. The data maintained by the NHTSA reveals the following about motor vehicle accidents in the state of Arizona for 2014:

  • 770 fatalities
  • 199 alcohol related fatalities
  • 254 speeding related fatalities
  • 141 pedestrian fatalities

The number of injuries that occurred as the result of automobile accidents in the state of Arizona is far higher than the fatality total. This includes people who have sustained extremely serious injuries as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Commonplace Damages Arising from a Motor Vehicle Accident

As many car accident lawyers will tell you, there are variety of damages that any victim may incur. These include can include:

  • Medical Expenses: Medical costs associated with a more serious car accident can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. This includes not only medical expenses currently being incurred, but medical expenses reasonably expected to be encountered into the future.
  • Lost Wages: Lost wages represents another type of damages experienced by a person in the aftermath of a car accident. As with medical expenses, this includes current and future lost wages. Current and future pain and suffering is another type of loss for which a person injured in a car accident confronts.
  • Pain and Suffering: Current and future pain and suffering is another type of loss for which a person injured in a car accident confronts. While this is commonly related to the loss of enjoyment of life as a result of injury — it can manifest itself in a variety of different ways.: One area in which a person involved in a car accident may not immediately envision being at risk following an accident is his or her marriage. Indeed, an injured person’s marriage may end up at risk in the aftermath of a car accident for a variety of different reasons:
    • Medical Issues: A person injured in a car accident can face weeks if not months involved in treatments, therapy and rehabilitation. The time expended in these pursuits, including time away from home, as well as the pain and suffering experienced through the process can and usually does have a direct and negative impact on a marital relationship.
    • Financial Problems and Losses: One of the biggest problems encountered by a married couple centers on financial issues. No matter the cause, financial problems routinely negatively impact a marriage. Because financial problems typically accompany an injury causing accident, these issues put a strain on a marriage and can lead to its dissolution.
    • Inability to Engage in Previously Enjoyed Activities: The typical happily married couple enjoys participating in different types of activities together. Unfortunately, following a car accident, a person may be injured and unable to participate in previously enjoyed activities. The inability to engage in these activities can add further strain to a marriage and very well could start a slide in the relationship that ends up in divorce court.
    • Emotional Issues: A person injured in a car accident is vulnerable to experiencing depression, anxiety issues or some other type of emotional challenge. These types of issues represent yet another type of situation that can damage and even destroy a marriage. It is important to note that both the injured spouse and the one not in that condition may experience these types of problems in the aftermath of an accident.

Legal Representation

It may be in your best interest to seek out the knowledge and experience of professional counsel if you have been injured and are suffering from any one of the above damages. A lawyer may be able to help you determine if you have a claim, and recuperate the compensation you deserve.


Thanks to our friends at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight into car accident and personal injury damages.

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