The 2022 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts reports there were 122,434 motor vehicle accidents in Virginia in 2022. There were also 1,005 fatalities and 59,404 injuries. If you were seriously injured by a reckless driver in Virginia, you might want to file a personal injury claim.
A personal injury is any harm or damage that you receive as the result of a motor vehicle accident. You may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries or damages. Your right to compensation depends on the circumstances of the accident.
You might wonder if your injury or damage is serious enough to file a personal injury claim. If you’ve suffered because of the situation, the level of severity doesn’t change the fact that your life and health has suffered.
Reckless drivers can cause pain that is emotional and physical. There are some common issues that victims of reckless drivers face.
Spinal cord injuries
Spinal cord injuries can affect various parts of your body. You may have chronic pain, issues with movement and heart problems. A severe spinal cord injury can result in temporary or permanent paralysis.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Nolo reports that car accidents are a leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the United States. PTSD is a mental health condition some people develop following a traumatic event.
PTSD symptoms vary in severity and affect people differently. Some of the most common symptoms are nightmares, severe anxiety and flashbacks about the traumatic event. The Nolo article estimates that about 9 percent of motor vehicle accident survivors develop PTSD.
Broken bones and dislocated joints are common following a car accident. If any part of your body takes a severe hit, the hit can cause severe damage. Broken legs, arms, hands and feet are some of the most common bones broken during car accidents.
The injuries above are only a few examples of the pain that reckless drivers can cause. If you were seriously injured by a reckless driver, you can possibly seek compensation. The circumstances surrounding the accident will determine whether or not you have a valid claim.