Pre-Settlement Car Accident Loans

Pre Settlement Loans on Auto Accidents Provide Cash Before You Settle

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TriMark Legal Funding is one of America’s top car accident lawsuit funding companies. We have provided fast, low-cost car accident loans to injured plaintiffs since 2003.



Car Accident Loans For Injured Plaintiffs

Auto Accident Settlement Loans

Pre-settlement car accident loans are designed to give injured plaintiffs fast, convenient, hassle-free financial relief while their lawyers negotiate their lawsuit settlements.

If you’ve been seriously injured, are thinking about a motor vehicle accident loan, are having trouble making ends meet, and need money immediately, TriMark Legal Funding wants to help you.

We have worked exclusively with injured plaintiffs for the last two decades. We understand the struggles associated with these types of cases.

A Car Accident Loan Can Provide Immediate Financial Relief

Auto accident loans can provide immediate financial relief to plaintiffs injured in truck wrecks, car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and virtually any other type of personal injury lawsuit.

Our car accident pre-settlement funding has a singular purpose. We help plaintiffs regain control of their finances until their attorneys finish negotiating their lawsuit settlements.

Just Breathe … and Call TriMark

Imagine how it would feel to finally relax about your finances and enjoy a little peace of mind. Perhaps for the first time since this whole ordeal started.

If you’re behind on bills and need to get caught up today, let us lend our expertise and support to make things easier for you during this difficult time.

Why Plaintiffs Need Auto Accident Loans

Four words: Abusive. Insurance. Company. Tactics.

Pre-Settlement Car Accident Loans

Over the years, tens of millions of people have fallen prey to dodgy insurers and have been forced into accepting lowball offers from auto insurance companies.

The fact is, injured people can’t work. But like everyone else, they still need money to live.

It’s not uncommon for car accident victims to spend days, or even weeks, in the hospital due to their injuries. It can take even longer if they’re recovering at home.

The simple fact is that the longer most people go without earning money, the more desperate and “pliable” they become.

Insurance companies have known this and exploited this, well, pretty much forever.

Iniquum Commodum

That’s Latin for “taking unfair advantage.” Sadly, many insurance adjusters behave as if iniquum commodum is their prime directive. As such, they will take unfair advantage of plaintiffs’ financial hardships at every conceivable opportunity.

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So they delay. And delay. Then delay some more. And finally, they throw out a pittance of an offer.

Defeated and utterly desperate, many people give up, take what they’re offered, and never receive just compensation for their injuries.

Pre-settlement car accident loans from TriMark Legal Funding give injured plaintiffs the power to change all that once and for all.

Car Accident Lawsuit Funding Is Fast & Easy

Car accident loans can provide the money you need to get caught up on your bills and regain positive control of your finances.

Settlement loans on car accidents are designed to help “un-handicap” plaintiffs during settlement negotiations, starting immediately.

It’s A Car Accident Cash Advance

Legal funding is a cash advance on a pending or settled car accident lawsuit. Approval is based almost entirely on the strength and merits of your lawsuit rather than on your credit score, income, or personal assets.

That makes car accident settlement funding extremely easy to qualify for. You need a good case and a cooperating attorney. Plus, there are no credit checks, monthly payments, or income verification.

You don’t have to repay your auto accident settlement loan unless and until you win your case.

And if you don’t win, you get to keep the cash advance and owe nothing.

Do You Pre-Qualify For A Car Accident Loan?

Serious Injuries

Did you receive serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident as a result of someone else’s negligence?

Clear Liability

Is there clear liability that proves fault against a sufficiently insured defendant?

Have A Lawyer

Are you currently being represented in this case by a contingent fee attorney?

If you can check all 3 boxes, your case pre-qualifies for a pre-settlement auto accident loan. You may apply for funding whenever you’re ready.

And you could receive your cash in as quickly as 4 hours after you are approved!

FAQ: Car Accident Loans

As you might expect, we receive a lot of car accident settlement loan questions. Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common ones we get.


❓Q: How much money can a car accident loan give me?

A: Pre-settlement loans on auto accidents are available from $1,000 up to $250,000+. Several factors affect the final approved amount of any funding request, including:

❇️ Extent, severity, and permanence of injuries
❇️ Accepted or contested liability
❇️ Case status: pending or settled
❇️ Total available insurance coverage

❓Q: How quickly can an automobile accident loan put cash in my hands?

A: We process funding requests very quickly. In fact, under ideal circumstances, we have moved from initial intake to wire transfer disbursement in just under 2 hours. That is not typical, however.

Normally our processing, approval, and funding can occur within 8 to 48 hours (1 to 2 business days).

Several factors, which directly affect processing speed, are beyond our ability to control. These factors include but are not limited to the receipt of accurate, complete information from applicants, attorney participation, attorney responsiveness, timeliness of document receipt and execution, and receipt of accurate bank account numbers, routing numbers, etc.

❓Q: What is the maximum auto accident loan amount I can get?

A: Short answer: Our auto accident settlement loans don’t have a “maximum,” per se.

Long answer: Our “typical” car accident litigation funding amounts range anywhere from $1,000 up to $250,000+. But unlike most other legal funding companies, TriMark does not set arbitrary, pre-set funding limits for high-value cases.

The maximum approval amount for any case is determined during our case evaluation. Factors that can affect our decision include:

❇️ Extent, severity, and permanence of injuries
❇️ Total available insurance coverage
❇️ Case status: pending or settled
❇️ Our underwriter’s case value estimate
❇️ Amount of current settlement offer from the defendant
❇️ Legitimate financial need of the requestor


Like all legal funding requests, a car accident settlement loan utilizes our underwriter’s net settlement value estimate calculated against a maximum of 20% or 50% for pending or settled cases, respectively.

➡️ Pending cases: We can fund up to 20% of the anticipated net settlement.
➡️ Settled cases: We can fund up to 50% of the actual net settlement
.

That being said, any time a requestor’s legitimate financial need exceeds $250,000, the severity and permanence of injuries, total available insurance coverage, input from the attorney, our underwriter’s case value estimate, and other factors are all considerations that can be used to increase the maximum approved amount.

❓Q: How much does car accident lawsuit funding cost?

A: A one-size-fits-all auto accident settlement funding rate that applies to every case, every time, simply does not exist.

Our car accident pre-settlement funding rates start around 2% monthly, non-compounding (simple interest). Not every case will qualify for the 2% rate, however.

For the lowest, most accurate rate quote for your car accident case, complete an application or call (877) 932-2628.

Rates on car accident loans are a function of relative risk, case quality, and market conditions. A car accident cash advance rate will directly reflect the relative risk inherent to any given case.

Funding rates are also impacted by certain market conditions, such as skyrocketing inflation and fluctuations in the prime rate.

Many other factors can affect legal funding rates too. Things like:

✳️ Is the case pending or settled?
✳️ Is liability accepted or being contested?
✳️ What state is the plaintiff and case located in?
✳️ How developed is the case?
✳️ How serious and permanent are the injuries?
✳️ How much total insurance coverage is available?
✳️ Is there any prior funding on the case?

❓Q: What kind of injuries qualify for car accident litigation funding?

A: The only types of injuries we cannot consider are when the incurred injuries are very minor (if that is the chief complaint). We also cannot consider any self-inflicted i.e., where the plaintiff’s negligence caused their own injuries.

The minimum level of fundable injury for soft tissue injuries that we can consider for car accident lawsuit funding is diagnosed bulging or herniated discs in the back or neck, torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments, torn meniscus, torn ACL, diagnosed traumatic brain injury, significant burn injuries, etc.

We cannot consider very minor injuries like scuffs, scrapes, abrasions, scratches, bleeding, road rash, bruising, rashes, hives, minor lacerations, pain, headaches, migraines, dizziness, swelling, pulled muscles, sprains, concussions, overextensions, chiropractic, physical therapy, injections, minor burns or blistering, etc.

❓Q: Will most cases qualify for pre-settlement auto accident loans?

A: Generally speaking, most plaintiffs are pre-qualified for a car accident loan if they can check these 3 boxes:

❇️ Been injured in an accident
❇️ Retained a contingent fee attorney
❇️ Filed a lawsuit or legal claim against a sufficiently-insured defendant


Meeting those 3 requirements will qualify most injured plaintiffs for car accident pre-settlement funding. That includes all types of motor vehicle collisions and virtually all types of significant injuries.

To see how much you could qualify for, complete an application or call us at (877) 932-2628.

❓ Q: What are your typical car accident lawsuit funding rates?

A: Our car accident litigation funding rates start as low as 2% per month non-compounding (simple interest) and increase from there as risk increases and case quality declines. Not every case will qualify for the 2% rate.

To get the rates on your car accident settlement loan, complete our brief application or give us a call at (877) 932-2628.

❓Q: What is a car accident loan?

A: Auto accident pre-settlement funding is a non-recourse, outcome-contingent cash advance against a small portion of the anticipated future value of a pending or settled auto accident lawsuit settlement.

Outcome-contingent means that repayment is not absolute; it depends on a certain outcome. In this case, the successful settlement of your personal injury lawsuit. That means you don’t have to repay the cash advance if you lose or your case doesn’t settle.

❓Q: How do I know TriMark Legal Funding is a legitimate car accident loan provider?

A: TriMark Legal Funding was founded in 2003 and has been one of America’s foremost lawsuit loan companies ever since.

In addition to glowing Trustpilot and Google reviews, we are also A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau.

❓Q: Does car accident litigation funding help win bigger payouts?

A: Jennifer Marshall, an insurance industry ratings department director, in a July 12, 2021, Business Insurance article, confirmed that winning larger awards and settlements is precisely what litigation funding helps plaintiffs do.

Her words: “it [litigation funding] puts upward pressure on claims costs and drives increases in awards and settlements.”

That kind of says it all.
Source: Businessinsurance.com

➡️ Does Litigation Funding Help Plaintiffs Win Bigger Settlements?

❓Q: How long do car accident settlement loans take to approve?

A: The approval and funding process for car accident settlement funding goes like this:

❇️ Apply online or call (877) 932-2628
❇️ We contact your attorney for case details
❇️ Our underwriter reviews your case and approves it
❇️ Funding agreement is sent to you and your attorney
❇️ Funds are sent via wire transfer, ACH, or FedEx Overnight


We have approved and funded auto accident loans in as quickly as 2 hours. Our typical turnaround time with a responsive attorney is 12 to 24 hours or 1 business day.

❓Q: Does my lawyer have to be involved in getting a pre-settlement auto accident loan?

A: Yes. At least minimally. TriMark will request case details from your attorney and will work with them to determine if you qualify for car accident pre-settlement funding. And after you are approved, you and your attorney will both sign the funding agreement.

❓Q: Can I get a car accident lawsuit loan without a lawyer?

A: No. All non-recourse legal funding requires a plaintiff to be represented by a contingent fee attorney. If your case is new, you can find a lawyer near you, or you may also consider utilizing one or more of our alternative funding options, which do not require attorney representation.

❓Q: Are there any use restrictions on automobile accident loans?

A: No. Car accident loans represent a small portion of the future anticipated settlement proceeds of your pending or settled litigation. It is YOUR money, so you are free to use it however you see fit.

Plus, no one knows your financial circumstances better than you. You can use the money to get caught up on past-due bills or pay monthly expenses like rent, co-pays, medical expenses, car payments, insurance, groceries, prescriptions, utility bills, or anything else you need.

❓Q: Do auto accident settlement loans appear on my credit report?

A: No. Car accident loans against a pending settlement are not the same as an extension of credit like a credit card or car loan from a bank. There are no credit checks or monthly payments, so there is no credit bureau reporting or involvement.

This is also true if you lose your case and don’t have to repay the cash advance.

And because taking a cash advance against your accident settlement isn’t reported to the credit bureaus, it won’t affect your eligibility for home loans, car loans, or other credit products in the future.

❓Q: Are car accident lawsuit loans riskier than bank loans?

No. Car accident lawsuit funding entails fewer risks and less financial exposure than bank loans.

Car accident lawsuit funding:

❇️ Good credit required? No
❇️ Is there a credit check? No
❇️ On-time monthly payments every month? No
❇️ Real estate collateral required? No
❇️ Co-signor required? No
❇️ Late payment penalties? No
❇️ Income verification? No
❇️ Employment requirements? No
❇️ Monthly credit bureau report? No
❇️ Is full repayment an absolute requirement? No

On the other hand, bank loans are loaded with risks and potential exposure that can continue haunting you for up to seven years AFTER the loan has been repaid in full.

Bank loans:

❇️ Good credit required? Yes
❇️ Is there a credit check? Yes
❇️ On-time monthly payments every month? Yes
❇️ Real estate collateral required? Usually
❇️ Co-signor required? Sometimes
❇️ Late payment penalties? Yes
❇️ Income verification? Yes
❇️ Employment requirements? Yes
❇️ Monthly credit bureau report? Yes
❇️ Is full repayment an absolute requirement? Yes

❓Q: Do car accident cash advances remove case management and control from my lawyer?

A: No, not at all. When you get a pre-settlement cash advance on your auto accident case, your attorney will remain 100% in charge of all case management decisions, just like they are now. Nothing changes with the attorney/client relationship.

❓Q: Can I get more than one auto accident settlement loan?

A: Generally speaking, yes you can, but it will depend on several factors.

If TriMark has already given you a car accident cash advance and you need another, give us a call or text us.

We frequently approve the first advance for more than is requested. If that’s the case, the second advance can happen on the same day.

Otherwise, our underwriter will speak to your attorney to get an update on the case’s progress before approving an additional advance.

An exception is that we do not typically advance additional funds on cases where soft tissue injuries are the only, or most serious, injury.

❓Q: Can I get car accident loans from multiple places?

A: Yes, you can, but we must buy out the prior funding and include it in the new car accident lawsuit funding amount.

Some exceptions exist. We don’t do buyouts on workers comp settlement loans, on many types of mass tort funding, and on cases where soft tissue injuries are the only, or most serious, injury.

❓Q: What if settling my car accident lawsuit takes longer than expected?

A: No one has a crystal ball, so it’s anyone’s guess how long it will take to settle your case.

TriMark takes steps to protect you from this eventuality before you even sign your funding agreement.

First, TriMark offers some of the lowest and most competitive rates in the legal funding industry, backed by our Lowest Rate Guarantee.

And second, most of our rates are capped at either 2X or 3X for your safety. Many of our competitors do not offer this built-in safety feature.

Capped Rates; Your Safety Net
“Un-capped rates” means interest accrues unabated until the advance is repaid. If your case runs longer than expected, especially with compounding interest, it could easily consume most or even all of your settlement award and leave you with little or nothing after your case is resolved.

“2X or 3X capped rates”, on the other hand, means once the cap is reached (two times (2X) or three times (3X) the funded amount), interest stops accruing. Regardless of how long after that point it takes to settle your case, you will never have to repay one penny more than the capped amount.

It normally takes about 2 to 2.5 years to reach the cap, so it is a moot point if your case settles before then. But it can be a comfort knowing the “worst-case scenario” going in, and knowing that even if you reach that point, you and your settlement money are protected, and you will still receive the lion’s share of your money if your case runs long.

❓Q: What could disqualify a case for car accident loans?

A: If a case satisfies these 3 basic requirements:

1. Received significant injuries
2. Plaintiff is represented by a contingent fee attorney, and
3. Clear liability exists against a sufficiently insured defendant

Then TriMark can usually offer pre-settlement funding on it.

There are, however, several things that can make a case ineligible for funding.

What Are Auto Accident Loans?

A car accident loan is a lawsuit cash advance against a portion of your future accident settlement, and only plaintiffs can get them. They’re not bank loans, and they’re not credit-based, so there are no credit checks or monthly payments either.

Best of all, you only repay the advance after your attorney finishes settling your case. And if you lose or your case doesn’t settle, you get to keep the money we advanced and owe nothing.

That’s about as risk-free as we can make it.

Get the money you need now to keep your head above water and relax while your attorney finishes negotiating the maximum compensation you deserve.

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Types of Car Accidents

  • Aggressive Driving Accidents
  • Bad Car Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Construction Zone Accidents
    • Roadway Construction Accidents
  • Defective Tire Accidents
  • Emergency Vehicle Accidents
    • Ambulance Accidents
    • Firetruck Accidents
    • Police Car Accidents
  • Highway Accidents
    • Bridge Accidents
    • Multi-Car Accidents
    • Reckless Driving Accidents
    • Tunnel Accidents
    • Turnpike Accidents
  • In-Accident Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Parking Lot Accidents
    • Parked Car Accidents
  • Rental Car Accidents
  • Road Accidents
    • Intersection Accidents
    • Left Turn Accidents
    • Rubbernecking Accidents
    • Pothole Accidents
  • Rear-End Collision Accidents
  • Smart Car Accidents
  • Traffic Accidents
    • Speeding Accidents
    • T-Bone Accidents
    • Teen Driving Accidents
    • U-Turn Accidents
  • Underinsured Motorist Accidents
  • Uninsured Motorist Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
    • Sex While Driving Accidents
    • Texting And Driving Accidents
    • Wrong-Way Driving Accidents
  • Impaired Driving Accidents
    • Drowsy Driving Accidents
    • Drunk Driving Accidents
    • DUII – Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
    • Bicycle Accidents
    • Crosswalk Accidents
    • Jay-Walking Accidents
  • Rideshare Accidents
    • Airport Shuttle Accidents
    • Limousine Accidents
    • Lyft Accidents
    • Taxi Accidents
    • Uber Accidents
  • RV Accidents
  • Train vs Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
    • 18-Wheeler Accidents
    • Big Rig Accidents
    • Blind Spot Truck Accidents
  • Common Carrier Truck Accidents
    • Delivery Truck Accidents
    • Amazon Truck Accidents
    • FedEx Truck Accidents
    • UPS Truck Accidents
    • USPS Truck Accidents
    • Walmart Truck Accidents
  • Commercial Vehicle Accidents
    • Cement Truck Accidents
    • Dump Truck Accidents
    • Fire Truck Accidents
    • Garbage Truck Accidents
    • Logging Truck Accidents
    • Tow Truck Accidents
  • Rear-End Truck Accidents
    • Override Truck Accidents
    • Underride Truck Accidents
  • Semi-Truck Accidents
    • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Truck Driver Error Accidents
    • Overloaded Truck Accidents
    • Truck Braking Accidents
    • Truck Driver Liability Accidents
    • Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents
    • Truck Driver Impairment Accidents
    • Truck Jackknifing Accidents
    • Wide Turn Truck Accidents

Car Accident Lawsuit Funding Can Level The Playing Field

Pre-Settlement Auto Accident Loans

How does that work, exactly? It’s really quite simple.

Insurers often use delay tactics to ratchet up financial pressure on plaintiffs to compel them to accept an early settlement.

Auto accident settlement loans provide money to get your finances back under control. This effectively removes any pressure to settle for less than 100% of a case’s true value.

Absent that pressure, your attorney is free to negotiate the maximum compensation you deserve.

Everyone’s Circumstances Are Different

Car accident settlement loans exist because everyone’s financial circumstances are different.

Not everyone is financially prepared for when hardship or disaster, like a serious car wreck, strikes.

On top of that, tens of millions of people in this country still haven’t fully recovered from the COVID-19 shutdowns. Maybe you’re one of them.

The trouble is that insurance companies have never had a problem using a person’s dire financial circumstances against them in order to compel acceptance of a low, pennies-on-the-dollar settlement offer.

Depending on your finances, how serious of a car accident you were involved in, and how badly you got hurt, there could be a lot of different things going on in your life right now.

Maybe:

  • It was a minor collision, and you weren’t hurt that badly. Maybe you got some airbag injuries or a few bumps and bruises and soft tissue injuries. All you needed was some chiropractic care and a few rounds of physical therapy.

  • Your injuries were a lot more serious. You needed surgeries, intensive care, weeks or months of hospitalization, and rehabilitative therapy. Maybe you haven’t returned to work yet, or maybe you never will.

  • It was a horrific fatal car accident with one or more fatalities. Your whole life got up-ended, you received life-altering or catastrophic injuries, and returning to work has never been an option.

Auto Accident Loans Are Flexible

Everyone’s car wreck experience is different. So are everyone’s car accident injuries. And so, too, is everyone’s particular response to the somewhat unique financial challenges that getting injured in a car accident presents.

For most people, car accident injuries mean being unable to work, combined with a lot of pain, downtime, surgery, medical treatments, physical therapy, extra expenses, copays, prescriptions, medical bills, etc.

Faced with the reality of all that, many people look up and find themselves eyeballs-deep in a full-blown financial crisis.

Depending on the severity of your injuries and a few other details, we have the flexibility to offer 3 basic types of car accident settlement loans:

Pre-Settlement Funding (Lump Sum)

Anyone with a pending lawsuit who is approved for a settlement advance qualifies for this type of cash advance. It is a one-time or one-at-a-time lump sum paid directly to the plaintiff, usually within 4 to 24 hours after they are approved for funding.

Depending on the plaintiff’s needs and the case’s net value, it is often possible to get multiple lump sum cash advances on a case before it settles.

Pre-Settlement Funding (Recurring)

This is only available to plaintiffs with very serious or catastrophic injuries. We arrange an initial lump sum payment to get you all caught up on everything, then, usually on the 1st of each month, we send you a recurring deposit to cover your monthly expenses.

Post-Settlement Funding

Also known as settled case funding, this type of cash advance is available to those who already know the net amount they will receive and are simply waiting for their money to arrive.

TriMark Legal Funding provides non-recourse pre and post-settlement funding to seriously injured plaintiffs throughout the United States, often in 24 hours or less.

More Car Accident Resources

Over the years, TriMark Legal Funding has seen a lot of different types of car accidents. We help injured plaintiffs, on their worst days, get car accident loans, either pre-settlement or post-settlement, on all of these and many others. Linked pages have additional information:

  • Edison High School student killed, his brother injured in wreck involving city truck
  • Stop blaming victims for traffic violence
  • $11 million settlement reached for 2021 fatal crash during Portsmouth police chase
  • Report: Arkansas, with a 24.9 percent increase, has third highest rise in traffic fatalities
  • The distinction between crash and accident is an important one
  • Ex-Amtrak Engineer Acquitted in Philadelphia Crash That Killed 8
  • Crime or terrible accident? Trial begins in deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment
  • 50 crashes have occurred on same stretch of Hwy 99. Can we make it safer?
  • Alleged road rage driver killed in crash near Flagstaff
  • Who is Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?
  • Two killed in crash, including a Memphis police officer
  • Attorney for Omaha driver going 97 mph in fatal crash says COVID may be to blame
  • Ohio ranked among worst for traffic safety as fatal crashes skyrocket
  • Driver charged with DWI after 2 killed, 2 hurt in North Carolina
  • 2021 was the deadliest on Washington roads in 15 years
  • Car Crash Statistics
  • Traffic deaths rose 8% in 2020, despite driving fewer miles during pandemic

See All of Our Articles About Car Accident Injuries

Car Accident Statistics

38,824 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020. That same year, there were a total of 1,593,390 crashes that resulted in injuries.

And many of those included multiple injured people per crash. In all, over 2 million people, on average, get seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents each year.

Car accidents are one of the most frequently filed types of lawsuits in the US. Within that category, here are the most common causes:

Distracted Driving

When drivers divert their attention away from the task of driving, it can lead to serious consequences. Every day in the United States, nine people lose their lives and over one thousand individuals sustain injuries because of distracted driving. In 2018, 15% of all injury crashes and 8% of fatal accidents were attributed to this behavior; leaving 2,841 fatalities and an estimated 400,000 wounded in its wake.

Driver Intoxication

The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 20.5 million people who were at least 16 years old in 2018 drove under the influence of alcohol and 12.6 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs.

While it is illegal in all 50 states to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 g/dL or higher, around 33% of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve accidents with drivers who were found to be over this limit. In 2018, these crashes killed 10,511 people. In fact, during the decade spanning 2009-2018, more than 10,000 people annually died in drunk driving accidents.

Road Rage

Statistics point to road rage as an underlying factor in a significant number of auto mishaps. In 2019, the US reported 6.8 million vehicle accidents, with road rage linked to 0.8 percent of these incidents – that’s 149 wrecks daily, or 54,400 every year.

Fatal Accidents

Cars killed 42,060 people in 2020, up from 39,107 in 2019, according to a preliminary estimate from the National Safety Council (NSC).

That is a staggering 7.6% increase from 2019 with 2,953 more deaths year-over-year. That increase occurred even as the number of miles traveled by car decreased by 13 percent from the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the biggest single-year spike in the US car fatality rate in nearly a century, and 2021 is on pace to be even worse.

These accidents caused 42,060 fatalities and made motor vehicle crashes a big factor and one of the major causes of death in the U.S.

Fatal car wrecks often result in wrongful death lawsuits. Insurance companies typically do not cover claims like loss of companionship, affection, and support, which forces the family of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover these damages.

Speeding

In 2020, we experienced an alarming rise in fatal motor-vehicle crashes attributable to speeding—10,136 of them. This marks a 17% increase from 2019 and is the most deaths recorded since 2008. Despite the recent progress made to reduce speeding-related deaths, they now account for an unsettling 29% of all traffic fatalities, up from 26%, with 11,258 people killed due to speeding each day on average.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Depending on the severity, car accidents can cause minor, serious, or even catastrophic injuries to virtually any part of the human body. Some of the most common car accident injuries suffered by motor vehicle accident victims include:

Amputations | Loss of Limb

The devastating effects of a crash can be far-reaching, often leading to either the traumatic amputation or surgical amputation of an arm, leg, finger, or toe. This type of injury is life-changing and may leave victims with a permanent disability.

Back Injuries

Car accidents can take a serious toll on the body, particularly when it comes to a person’s spine. Unfortunately, back injuries may not be immediately noticeable after an accident and they can cause debilitating pain and disability over time. It’s important to keep an eye out for any signs that could indicate possible damage to your spine following a collision.

Broken Bones

When a car accident occurs, it can cause serious damage to the body. From broken legs and ribs to arms, ankles, and wrists – even a broken pelvis is possible. The severity of such injuries varies from needing a cast for simpler fractures or requiring surgery to mend more severe breaks or compound fractures.

Burn Injuries

In the unfortunate event of a vehicle fire following an accident, or if the skin is in contact with hot liquids, surfaces, steam, or chemicals, it may result in serious burns. These are frequently referred to as thermal injuries and can range from mild to severe and may necessitate medical treatments such as surgery and skin grafting.

Crush Injuries

Pressure applied between two objects can cause severe and potentially devastating crush injuries to any part of the body. Depending on the intensity, this may range from minor bruising and cuts to severe damage to soft tissue, organs, muscles, and bones.

Facial Injuries | Disfigurement

Car accidents can cause serious damage to the face, from shattered glass to blunt force trauma. In addition to physical pain, disfigurement from facial injuries may be a lasting reminder of the accident. Depending on the severity of the injury, corrective surgery may be necessary in order to minimize any scars and restore confidence in one’s appearance.

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Car accidents can wreak havoc on your toes, feet, and ankles – leading to painful strains, sprains, or fractures. Worse still, they may cause complete tears of the tendons, ligaments, or muscles in these areas. And if you’re unlucky enough to be involved in a foot-on-the-dashboard accident, and get forced under the dashboard console, crushing injuries are not an uncommon result. In some cases, even the reduction in extremities may become a reality.

Hand, Wrist, and Finger Injuries

If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s not uncommon for distal radius fractures (broken wrists) to occur. Depending on the extent of the injury, surgery may be necessary to properly heal the fracture.

Internal Injuries

When the body is impacted by an object or struck by flying fragments, it can cause devastating internal damage leading to severe internal bleeding. Prompt medical intervention is essential in this situation to ensure the best possible outcome.

Knee Injuries

The impacts of a car accident can take an enormous toll on your knees. Bruises and fractures are common, while the meniscus – the cartilage in your knee – can tear if subjected to sudden twisting or turning motions. So can the ACL. Taking safety precautions before getting in the car is key to preventing such injuries.

Lacerations | Bruising | Road Rash

Any kind of laceration, bruise or road rash can be caused by contact with sharp objects, hard surfaces or flying debris. A laceration is usually the result of a cut from broken glass or metal fragments. Bruises come from the forceful impact of your body against another object and road rash is often the consequence of skidding across asphalt and concrete.

Neck Injuries

Car accidents, even at relatively low speeds, can cause debilitating injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. This is commonly referred to as whiplash, which can result from a seatbelt-less collision or an accident of 15 mph or greater. In some cases, more serious damage such as disk injury and cervical dislocation may also occur.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The effects of a car accident go far beyond physical injuries. Mental and emotional trauma is often just as damaging, if not more so. After an accident, you may experience post-traumatic stress disorder or find yourself struggling with activities that were once second nature to you. It is possible to seek compensation for your pain through mental health treatment and other forms of recovery related to emotional suffering caused by a car accident.

Shoulder Injuries

The jarring force of a motor vehicle crash can cause serious damage to the shoulders if you’ve braced yourself against the steering wheel or dashboard. This can result in your shoulder locking into place while absorbing an excessive amount of force from the collision, leading to potential injury. Another common shoulder injury is a torn rotator cuff.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, bruising and more can occur after a car accident. The pain and discomfort associated with these types of injuries can be intense – and long-lasting. It’s important to seek medical assistance if you experience any kind of soft tissue injury following an automobile collision.

Spinal Cord Injuries

(Includes Paraplegia | Quadriplegia / Tetraplegia)
The devastating effects of a crash and torque on the body can cause severe and lasting damage to the spinal cord, potentially resulting in partial or total paralysis below the point of injury. It’s essential to take every precaution when driving or participating in any activity that could lead to spinal cord injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Unfortunately, car accidents are a major source of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which is caused when the head experiences a jarring or penetrative impact. According to the CDC, every year TBI causes 50,000 fatalities and an overwhelming amount of long-term disability in 80,000 to 90,000 people.

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