If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a vehicle collision, you’re likely aware of your right to seek compensation for injuries and damages to your vehicle. The amount of compensation you receive, however, can vary and depends on a number of factors.
An attorney can review your case and advise you on how to seek a good settlement from a car accident, ensuring that you have an advocate during the claims process.
Immediate Steps to Take to Set the Stage for a Good Settlement
The amount of compensation you receive after an accident is not set in stone and depends on how effectively you are able to prove fault and quantify your losses. Compensation after an accident will also vary based on the severity of your injuries and losses.
There are things that you can do to give your case the best possible chance of success, however. Knowing what to do after a collision can be confusing, but the actions you take today can have a dramatic impact on the settlement you receive in a few weeks or months.
Document the Accident as Best You Can
Photograph the scene, your injuries, your vehicle, overgrown foliage, and any other factors that may have played a role in your accident or could be useful in painting a picture of the events leading up to the collision.
See a Doctor as Soon as Possible
You should do this regardless of whether injuries are immediately evident. A doctor can rule out hidden injuries and provide documentation of their findings and recommendations. This documentation will be critical as you move forward with your claim.
Follow All Treatment Recommendations
You should listen to your doctor regarding how to act after receiving treatment. Failing to follow through with medical advice can be used by insurance companies to argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
Be Careful Making Important Decisions Regarding Your Case
You may not want to agree to any settlement offers, make any statements, or sign anything without consulting an attorney’s office. Mayo Clinic reports that new health complications can arise in the months following an injury, as is the case with whiplash. Insurance adjusters may try to convince you to settle quickly, but this is rarely in your best interest.
Consider Hiring Your Lawyer
When it comes to figuring out how to seek a good settlement from a car accident, we can help you take the best possible steps for your case. An attorney will be familiar with tactics insurance adjusters employ and will ensure your case is strong enough to stand up in court if need be.
Factors That Could Impact Your Case Include
Car accident settlement determinations aren’t based on a fixed algorithm. Any number of factors can combine to create a set of circumstances that either work in your favor or work against you, including:
- The severity of your injuries and the costs associated with treatment and recovery
- How much coverage is available through both parties’ insurance providers
- The number of legally liable parties involved
- The quantity and quality of available evidence and your ability to effectively prove fault
- The length of time you are willing to wait to receive a settlement
Generally speaking, the faster you agree to an offer, the lower it may be. The longer you are willing to wait while negotiations and litigation carry out, the higher your settlement could become.
We can work to gather the best possible evidence for your case. We will turn over every stone to gather evidence that supports your claim, build and present a compelling case for full compensation, and litigate on your behalf if a fair settlement cannot be agreed upon out of court.
How We Can Help You Build a Compelling Case for Compensation
In addition to gathering important evidence to prove the extent of your injuries and prove liability in your case, we will:
- Handle all communications with insurance companies for you
- Negotiate for the best possible settlement amount
- Take your case to court, if an insurance company won’t agree to a fair settlement
- Keep you updated on your case
- Help you make important legal decisions throughout your case
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
The Kryder Law Group, LLC serves clients in Cook, Lake, Dupage, and Kane Counties and will move quickly to stand up for you and your family. We’ve handled many motor vehicle cases and have won six-figure settlements for our car accident clients.
Call (312) 223-1700 today for a free case evaluation with a member of our team. We are here to help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.