Some of the most significant expenses stemming from car accidents are fixing damaged cars and replacing totaled cars. If you were in a crash, you might face financial strain due to vehicle repair or replacement damages.
Filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible can help you cover these costs. Continue reading for more details on what to do after suffering such damages in a car accident.
Determining Who Pays for Vehicle Repair and Replacement
The party responsible for car accident damages can differ depending on how it occurred. To identify this entity, you would have to apply the standard of negligence to your case. It comprises:
- Duty of care: The other party was to act prudently with your safety in mind.
- Breach of duty: They failed to uphold this duty of care, acting negligently or carelessly.
- Causation: This breach of duty led to a traffic accident as well as your injuries.
- Damages: Your injuries have caused financial, physical, and emotional strains.
These components may show us that one of the following parties caused your accident:
- Another driver: If they drove recklessly, under the influence, or with disregard for traffic law
- A vehicle parts manufacturer: If they didn’t manufacture, design, or market a car part correctly
- A mechanic: If they didn’t fix what was wrong with the vehicle
- A government agency: If they didn’t fix road defects or warn drivers and pedestrians about potential road dangers
Evidence You Can Use When Claiming Vehicle Repair and Replacement Damages
You must use evidence to show that the other party caused your vehicle repair or replacement damages.
Some forms of documentation you can collect include:
- The police report
- Vehicle repair bills
- The invoice for your new car
- Relevant photographs
- Video footage of the car crash
- Witness testimony
Your personal account of the crash will also be a valuable asset to your case.
Other Damages You Can Recover After a Car Accident
You can seek compensation for damages other than vehicle repair or replacement costs. Such losses may include:
- Past and future medical care costs: For surgeries, pain medications, hospitalizations, mobility aids, follow-up appointments, and emergency care
- Lost income: For salaries or hourly pay, bonuses, tips, business opportunities, promotions, and benefits
- Loss of future earning capacity: For the pay you won’t be able to earn if your injuries will keep you from working long term
- Pain and suffering: For the inconvenience and discomfort stemming from your injuries
- Disfigurement: For the physical scarring or restricted mobility you’re experiencing
- Mental anguish: For any anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, sleeplessness, or other emotional struggles you’ve endured due to the crash
If you lost a loved one from their accident injuries, you can seek wrongful death damages, which may include:
- Burial and funeral service bills
- Final medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household services
- Loss of inheritance
You could be entitled to recover other damages that may not be listed here.
Your Time to Recover Damages After a Car Accident Is Limited
You don’t have forever to recover your vehicle repair or replacement damages and other losses after a car accident. Generally speaking, 735 ILCS 5/13-202 affirms that you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. If your family member passed away and you’re submitting a wrongful death lawsuit, you also have two years to take action, per 740 ILCS 180/2.
Don’t wait to start working on your case, as you may be barred from seeking compensation.
You May Benefit From Hiring a Lawyer to Help With Your Accident Case
Figuring out the total costs of your vehicle repair or replacement and pursuing compensation for those damages aren’t easy tasks. In that case, you may want to consider enlisting a lawyer’s aid.
- Talk to a mechanic to figure out the extent of your vehicle damage
- Collect and review evidence
- Evaluate your financial and non-financial damages
- Determine who is liable for your damages
- Maintain communication between involved parties
- Lead settlement negotiations
- Take your case in a trial
Their help may be available on a contingency-fee basis, so they won’t ask for any payment unless they obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC Can Help You Recover Your Vehicle Damages
Pursuing compensation for vehicle repair or replacement after a car accident can be confusing. At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we will help you determine liability, calculate each of your losses (both for vehicle repair and/or replacement costs and other damages), and seek justice on your behalf.
To get started on your free, no-obligation case review, reach out to The Kryder Law Group, LLC at (312) 223-1700 today. Our lawyers will help you on a no-win, no-fee basis.