After a car accident, you may be in shock and not think about how much this incident will cost you. If you were not at fault, you will have the ability to make a claim against the responsible party.
But in doing so, you will need to consider all the costs associated with the accident. There are quite a few, and you may not immediately think of all of them.
Medical care costs
If you suffered injuries in the accident, your main cost will likely be for your medical care. You should always alert providers that your injuries are the result of an auto accident. This will help with billing. You also want to keep track of all the care you receive so that you can make sure the insurer covers every bill.
Another major cost of an accident is the damage to your vehicle. In some cases, you may be able to get repairs and have your car back in good shape. However, if the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle, an insurer will write it off as a total loss. If this happens, you will then have expenses for replacing the vehicle.
Losses associated with the accident
Other expenses of the accident include lost wages and charges associated with being unable to pay your bills. If it was a fatal accident, you can also count your suffering, loss of companionship and loss of income. If you had a severe injury, you may also have costs with altering your life to adjust to your new physical condition. These might include expenses for remodeling your home, buying a compatible vehicle and therapies.
The costs associated with a car accident add up quickly. If you were not at fault, then you should exercise your right to seek financial compensation from the other party.