Two people were hurt in a car accident in Kansas City, Missouri, when a car ran into a house. The compensation that the homeowners should be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit would go far beyond just their medical expenses.
Can Crashes Into Kansas City House
The accident happened just after 9pm on Friday, November 15, at the intersection of 88th Street and Wornwall Road in southern Kansas City.
Police are saying that the driver of the car lost control of the vehicle, drove over the sidewalk, and crashed into the side of a house. The crash left the vehicle upside down.
Both of the occupants in the car were hurt. One of them suffered serious injuries. The other one is being described as in critical condition.
While it does not look like anyone in the house was hurt, the building was damaged from the crash.
Accident Victims Deserve Compensation
While the serious injuries were suffered by the people in the car, the law is very likely to see the driver of the car as the one who was ultimately responsible for the crash. Not only does it appear that he or she lost control of the car; it is also not as if the house moved to create the crash.
While the results can seem harsh, this can mean that the unhurt homeowners are the “victims” of the crash, here. While the vehicle occupants are the ones who suffered the severe injuries, they can also be held liable for the crash and have to pay compensation to the owners of the building they hit.
That Compensation Goes Well Beyond Just Medical Bills
The compensation that a victim deserves is not confined to the medical bills that they have accumulated. It includes any foreseeable setback – whether financial or otherwise – that stemmed from the incident.
That is why the owners of a restaurant that got knocked down by a truck could recover compensation for their lost business.
When the building damaged was a house, though, the homeowner’s losses take some different forms. There are the costs of repairing or replacing the damage to the siding or exterior, as well as anything damaged in the yard, like trees, a garden, or a fence.
Then there are the potential costs of any structural damages from the crash, including the cost of diagnosing those problems. The cost of hiring an architect or building inspector to make sure the house can still be lived in should be compensated. So too should the costs of living in a hotel while the repairs are being made.
Car Accident Lawyers in St. Joseph at the Smith Law Office
After a car accident, insurance companies try to swoop in with an initial offer of coverage in exchange for an agreement to end the case. That initial offer, though, rarely goes further than covering the victim’s medical expenses. In most cases, it does not even cover those completely.