Things can seem challenging after an accident. Victims are often dealing with injuries, financial problems, and insurance worries on top of everything else. You can make a few smart moves after an accident that are sure to make things easier. Read on and find out how to make that happen in four easy moves.
Take Your Time
Sometimes, the best course of action is no action at all. Immediately after an accident is no time to be making big decisions of any type. Give yourself time to get better before you deal with anything else. After a week or two, you can begin to consider speaking to a personal injury lawyer about your case. In the meantime, though, don't speak to anyone about the accident except your own insurance company and your loved ones. Don't use social media to talk about the accident and don't ever speak to the insurance company for the other driver or to the other driver themselves.
Talk to a Lawyer
When you are well enough, make an appointment and speak to a personal injury lawyer about your accident, your injuries, and your damages. If the accident was the fault of the other driver, they owe you for certain damages. Your lawyer will handle all communications for you concerning the accident and insurance matters from there on out. You can continue to focus on getting your life back to normal again.
Let the Other Side Know What You Expect
Once you speak to your lawyer, your damages will be calculated, and a letter will be sent to the at-fault driver's insurance company. The demand letter includes a summary of why you are not at fault for the accident, what evidence you have at the ready to prove it, and how much money you expect to be paid in a settlement. If the other side agrees, you are paid immediately for your damages. However, this letter may also be just the beginning of settlement negotiations between your lawyer and the insurance company for the other driver.
Agree and Sign a Release
This is the final act on your case if you are offered a decent settlement amount. You will know how much you should be offered, and you can hold out for that, agree to a lower amount, or take the other driver to court. Your personal injury lawyer will advise you on what to expect in your case. Many accident cases end up being settled outside of court. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out more.Share