When someone is involved in a serious car crash and someone else is to blame, it’s natural for them to consider a lawsuit. Vehicle accidents are expensive, and that’s especially true when considerable physical injuries and emotional trauma are involved. However, it’s generally not possible to assume that a plaintiff would be able to collect more money based upon the type of car that hits them.
When people are in an accident with a BMW or other relatively high-end car, it may lead them to think that the at-fault driver is wealthy and accordingly able to pay more to settle a claim. This may or may not be true for any number of reasons, but the damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident with a BMW are not based on the type of car that the at-fault driver was driving or even on the driver’s financial worth.
Instead, attorneys and the courts use “damages” to determine how much an injured party is entitled to. Most plaintiffs are able to seek compensatory damages, which are designed to make the plaintiff “whole,” at least from a financial standpoint. This means that a victim could collect money for medical bills, lost wages, loss of property, emotional distress and pain and suffering.
In some cases, the attorney also may be able to seek punitive damages, which are meant to punish a defendant who was particularly reckless or negligent.
Regardless of what kind of car caused your collision, you need to speak with an experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney today.