In addition to the painful or fatal injuries that may result from a car accident, accident victims and their families are often left with some major expenses. Even with solid car insurance coverage, you may still be left with extraordinary out-of-pocket expenses, such as:
Most Americans carry a deductible of $500 to $1,000 on their car insurance policies. Regardless of whether you are at fault or not, you may be responsible for paying this deductible to cover car repairs while you seek legal recovery for damages. If the insurance company can recover the vehicle repair cost from the responsible driver or their insurance company, you may receive a check from the insurance company to recoup your deductible. This recovery; however, may not come for several months.
Accident victims can also be responsible for paying hefty towing fees. When you are involved in an accident, you are responsible for having the vehicle towed from the accident scene. If you are severely injured or incapacitated, the vehicle will likely be towed to the operator’s yard where you will also accrue daily storage fees that can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars. You will be responsible for paying these fees before you can retrieve your vehicle.
While your car is being repaired, you may need to rent a car. The cost of renting a car can add up quickly. Even if you have rental car insurance on your policy, it likely will not cover the full cost of renting the temporary replacement vehicle.
While these are just a few of the most common expenses that follow a car accident, there are many others that may pop up as well. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can help you mitigate the damages and ensure recovery of your out-of-pocket expenses.
At Saladino & Schaaf, our personal injury attorneys have over 75 years of combined experience representing Kentuckians involved in car accidents. Contact one of our attorneys today to discuss your case at 270-444-0406 (Paducah) / 270-753-1529 (Murray) or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Saladino & Schaaf, PLLC is dedicated to providing high quality, aggressive legal representation to victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Since 1984, this firm and its predecessors have had one goal in mind – to help the victims of personal injury put the pieces of their lives back together.
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