Car Accident Settlements
Here are 9 facts that everybody ought to know about car accident settlements.
1. There are not any set or pre-determined values for car accident settlements. If you have been injured in a car accident and are looking for a list of "car accident settlements" to see how much you are entitled to, stop looking. Insurance companies do not publish such a list and lawyers seldom disclose settlement amounts unless the amount is very large. However, you can get an idea of what you are entitled to when you check out car accident compensation.
2. The very first thing that you need to do when you realize that you were injured in a car accident is to get medical treatment. Go see your doctor, go to the hospital, or go to another medical facility. You will need medical reports and bills to prove that you were injured and to prove that you are entitled to a settlement.
3. A car accident settlement begins with a car accident injury claim which you have because you were injured in an auto accident. You should know that in addition to damages for your injuries and as part of a settlement, you are entitled to other damages such as pain and suffering and lost income.
4. You do not need a lawyer to negotiate and settle your case. You can file an auto accident claim and settle it on your own. However, if you have suffered more than soreness or minor injuries from the auto accident, you will probably receive more compensation if you have a lawyer.
5. If you want a lawyer to negotiate and settle your car accident case, then understand that most lawyers will charge you a contingency fee to handle your case. This means that they get paid a percentage of the money damages that they recover for you and they get paid at the end when your case is settled or resolved in court. If a lawyer does not recover any money for you, the lawyer does not get paid. Be suspicious of any lawyer that wants to charge you for handling your car accident case regardless of the outcome.
6. When you settle your car accident, it is settled. That means that it is over - finished. Because car accident settlements are final, do not settle your case until you are sure that you have healed completely and that you will not have any more medical problems from the car accident.
7. You may be able to reach a car accident settlement even if the other driver did not have insurance or did not have enough insurance coverage. Your own insurance policy may provide uninsured and under insurance coverage.
8. Not every car accident case can be settled. Some cases must go to court and the wheels of justice turn very slowly. If your case has to go to court, it may take 2 or 3 years to actually have a trial.
9. With reference to damage to your car as part of a car accident settlement, you are entitled to have your car repaired and to some loss of value (wrecked cars are not worth as much as never wrecked cars), or if it is "totaled", you are entitled to the fair market value of your car.
This is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state who has experience with car accident settlements.
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