Victims of car accident injuries are often misinformed about how filing a claim works. Because of this, a victim will expect the claims process to move forward in a particular way, only to discover that this isn’t the case. By following common car accident claim misconceptions, victims are at a disadvantage right from the start. The result is often an unfair settlement or no settlement at all.
Imbriale Injury Law, your go to Marietta accident lawyer, has put together a list to clarify misunderstandings about filing a car accident claim. Read on to learn how to avoid needless mistakes before filing a claim. And feel free to call us for a free, no obligation consultation today.
Your Victim Consultation is Legally Guaranteed
When it comes to a car accident claim, don’t assume anything is black and white. Also, don’t assume that you are guaranteed compensation. There are many variables that go into each case, such as whether the other driver is insured. Also, the insurance company with whom you are filing a claim may insist you were partly responsible for the car accident or that you are exaggerating your injuries. Keep in mind that the insurance company is looking out for their best interests, which means saving money. They may even go so far as to distort your comments or outright deny your claim.
You Will Get a Fair Settlement
There is no guarantee of receiving a fair settlement when filing a car accident injury claim. The insurance company will try their best to NOT payout a claim or will offer a small settlement. In fact, it is quite common to offer a low settlement at first, which may not cover the cost of your injuries. However, you do not have to take this settlement. Instead, negotiate for a higher payout.
Proving Fault With Just a Police Report
Calling the police to the scene of an accident is definitely a good idea, but you’ll need more evidence than a police report to prove fault. To build a strong case, you will also need the following:
- Surveillance videos
- Witness testimony
- Accident photos
- Accident reconstruction
- Road, weather, and traffic conditions
A Rear-End Collision Always Proves Fault
There is the common misconception that the rear driver of a rear-end accident is always at fault. This is not always the case. There are certain factors that could make the front driver responsible for the accident, such as:
- Slamming on brakes without a good reason
- Changing lanes sporadically
It’s Too Expensive to Hire a Lawyer
In the long run, it’s too expensive not to hire a lawyer. This is because a lawyer is apt to get you a bigger settlement far outweighing what they charge. Car accident lawyers often charge on a contingency fee basis so you don’t have to pay anything upfront. Instead, you and your lawyer agree on a percentage of the settlement to be paid out once compensation as been awarded to the victim. If, for some reason, you do not receive compensation for your claim neither does your lawyer.
You Can Represent Yourself
Even if your case seems straightforward, it is still in your best interest to work with a car accident lawyer. Right from the start, your lawyer will help you file your claim the right way. From here, he or she will seek a fair settlement offer while taking into account all parts of your case to arrive at the dollar amount which constitutes a fair settlement for your injuries. If a fair settlement can not be reached, your lawyer will take the case to court.
Let Our Firm Represent YOU
At Amanda Hall Injury Law, we represent your best interests. When you work with us, you’ll have a better understanding of the car accident injury claims process, and you will have a better chance at reaching a fair price settlement for your injuries. Our team fights hard to get you the just compensation you deserve – up to the maximum, and the best part is that together, we choose that maximum. Don’t delay. We never charge upfront fees, and we only get paid when you receive compensation. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your case and your options.