Being involved in an accident can be extremely traumatic for everybody involved, and one of the first questions that need to be answered is who is the driver's accident attorney? Once a person is in an accident, life can get extremely complicated, especially if insurance companies decide that they do not want to pay for the accident and the damage it caused. Fortunately, we can help.
Insurance will not always cover it
Very often, this means involving an attorney on the insurance company's side. Unless the victimized person in the accident has an accident attorney, he or she can end up getting victimized a second time.
Most people believe that if they have insurance, then they will be taken care of in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, insurance companies are in the business of making money and they do not make profits by simply handing out checks every time somebody is in an accident.
Finding the facts
The most important thing that one needs to prove in an accident situation, is that the accident was not the driver's fault by proving that there were other circumstances, or other people, who were at fault. This is a concept known as negligence. In the event that the attorney has to take the case to trial, all of these facts become incredibly relevant. It is important for an accident lawyer to gather the facts long before pursuing a claim.
In order to find out exactly who was to blame, and how much blame can be allocated to the other driver, the lawyer must conduct depositions, must review evidence, carefully looked at the timeline and all other factors must also be taken into consideration. This includes interviewing witnesses who may have seen what happened.
All of these need to be done as quickly as possible after the accident, because evidence tends to wear out over time, witnesses tend to forget facts, and the longer it takes to take it to trial the less likelihood there is of getting a favorable settlement.
Pursuing a claim
Once we collect all the facts and review all the evidence, the accident attorney will then issue a demand letter to the other driver, company or insurance agency in order to see if they are willing to settle. The demand letter lists out exactly what the damages are, and asks for a reasonable settlement.
Very often, the other side, insurance companies in particular, will come back with a counter offer that is significantly lower. This is good news because it means they are willing to negotiate. The negotiations will go back and forth until all parties reach a favorable settlement that is acceptable to both sides. If the parties cannot reach a settlement, then the attorney will file an accident case in court. In court, the jury will decide what the amount.
It is never wise to attempt to settle an insurance claim on your own, so if you or a loved one have been in an accident give us a call today and set an appointment to see how we can help with your accident case.
Note: This is for information only and does not constitute legal advice.