In two previous blog posts, we discussed the compensation available in a personal injury case. The first blog post focused on special damages. As you may recall, special damages are damages that compensate an injured person for quantifiable monetary loss. For example, the cost of medical care is an item of special damages. Special damages can be past or future.
It is no secret that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are involved in far too many accidents on southern Minnesota roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that legal drivers under the age of 20 are at a high risk for injury in motor vehicle wreck. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in America. New research indicates that the risks that teen driver's face behind the wheel may include more than just their inexperience.
The United States has a tort system that is designed to compensate people who are injured at the hands of someone else. In other words, we have a legal system that holds a person or entity accountable when their wrongdoing harms another person. Under our tort system, wrongdoers are held accountable by compensating the people they injure. The money awarded to an injured person is known in the legal world as "damages."