Local Resources Available to You

 

Have you or somebody close to you recently been involved in a Vermont personal injury accident due to the negligence of another party? Moving forward could be the most difficult thing you endure. You might have sustained life-threatening injuries, need representation from an attorney even though you have never gone through the process before, or can no longer work as you are recovering from your injuries. You might even have emotional effects due to your accident. Luckily for you, you are not alone during this difficult time. There are community resources and professionals standing by your side to help you meet the challenges of recovery at this time.

If Your Accident Took Away the Ability to Work

If you have been left unable to work during this difficult time, you might have realized that it is difficult to meet your bills. Many people are unsure of where to turn as the bills keep piling up but their income no longer supports it. Here are some resources that can help you obtain the monetary support you need at this time:

  • Social Security Disability Benefits: If you are unable to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last over a year, you might be eligible for social security disability benefits in Vermont.
  • Supplemental Security Income: Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that will provide monthly cash payments to you when you need it the most, especially if you are low income and have just been involved in a serious accident.
  • Vermont Bar Association: The Vermont Bar Association can connect you with the services of a specialized attorney that you need when you have been involved in a personal injury accident.

Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?

If you were involved in a car accident in the state of Vermont and need a copy of the police report, requests can be submitted online or via mail. For those submitting requests by mail, submissions require a record request form, VSP case number, date of accident, names of everyone involved, and a check payable to the Vermont Department of Public Safety. We also have local car accident lawyers in your area who are willing to provide you with a complimentary copy of your police accident report.

We understand how essential police reports are for those filing personal injury lawsuits, which is why we help those who are having trouble obtaining a copy. Contact us today if you or a loved one needs help receiving a copy of the incident report for your injury accident.

Emotional Support

Even after your body has healed from an accident on a physical level, you might continue to experience the emotional impact of a serious accident. Coping with this mental trauma might just be one of the worst things you have ever experienced, which is why you don’t want to handle it alone. Here are some resources that can help:

  • VCTC: Specifically, the Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative helps children who have experienced a trauma of some kind. This is especially important for children who have been through a life-threatening event like a car accident.
  • Trauma and PTSD Therapists: In Vermont, you need access to the best trauma and PTSD therapists around, which is why you need a comprehensive list at your fingertips. Let us help you connect with a therapist that you can rely on when you need them the most.
  • University of Vermont Medical Center: If you have received brain trauma due to an accident and now you are dealing with the effects, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation through the UVMC might be your best bet for moving forward successfully.

Financial Hardship Assistance

After an accident that involves a crime, the weight of legal fees, medical fees, and more might continue to pile up. As a result, you and your family might be left in a bad situation and you might wonder where you can turn. Luckily, there are resources available to you at this time:

  • Victim’s Compensation Fund: If you are the victim of a reported crime, financial assistance might be available to you to pay for losses in Vermont. Two of the most common crimes that happen on our roadways are due to a driver striking you while they are driving intoxicated, and hit-and-run accidents.

Car Insurance Information

If you want to comply with Vermont’s laws, you will need specific car insurance. The DMV requires certain liability coverage throughout the entire state. To comply, you will have to have:

  • $25,000 for injury or death of one person
  • $50,000 for total injury or death of multiple people
  • $10,000 for property damage

You should always carry uninsured and underinsured coverage as well, as these types of insurance can help you pay for the many costs that arise from injuries if the other driver does not have car insurance or their insurance is not sufficient enough.
In Vermont, if you have been injured in an accident and decide that you want to bring a claim, you have the right to request a copy of your police report. Having your crash report can help you make your claim, as it could contain specific information about who is liable for the crash. Click here for more information on record requests.

If Your Accident Was Due to Drunk Driving or Drugged Driving

Drunk driving incidents are one of the most devastating things that you or your family might experience, as they can cause you harm that will follow you through your life. Every state follows different rules when it comes to BAC and how much is too much in the realm of alcohol. Here are the BAC rules that Vermont follows:

  • 0.02% for those under 21 years of age
  • 0.08% for drivers who are 21 years or older
  • 0.04% for commercial vehicle drivers

If you have been involved in a serious accident due to a drunk or drugged driver on Vermont roadways, you might have questions or wonder where you can turn. Here is one resource that is there for you in your time of need:

  • MADD Vermont: Mothers Against Drunk Driving works to prevent drunk and drugged driving on our roadways while also offering support when you need it most. You will receive information and resources if you have fallen victim to one of these serious crimes.

Accident in Vermont by the Numbers

Below, you can find specific information related to the number of traffic fatalities seen on Vermont roadways. Of course, you must always keep in mind that a state’s population has a major impact on the number of fatalities that happen on our roads. The last time Vermont’s state population was recorded was 2017, and there were 623,657 people.

Fatal Accident Stats

  • In Vermont, there were 70 people that died in 2012 alone due to serious accidents.

Fatal Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving

  • Throughout the years 2003-2012, 212 people lost their lives in accidents involving drunk drivers in Vermont alone.

Vermont Grief & Trauma Resources

Motor vehicle crash deaths by road user type and state, 2017

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