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One of the most prominent types of personal injury lawsuits that we see at TorHoerman Law is the car accident lawsuit. Nearly half of all auto accidents result in injury claims, some of which go to trial while others are settled out of court. If you have suffered an injury, it is important to contact a car accident lawyer.
For injuries caused by other types of motor vehicle accidents, read the following: motorcycle accident lawsuits or truck accident lawsuits. If you were involved in an accident while in an Uber or Lyft, you may qualify for a Uber lawsuit or Lyft lawsuit.
The first step in handling an auto accident is to act accordingly on-scene.
This is a step-by-step guide of how to handle an automobile accident:
Follow this guide for a full explanation of gathering personal injury evidence.
There are many negative consequences that result from auto accidents, ranging from minor scrapes and bruises and small property damage, to more serious, even life-threatening injuries, and major property damage.
Especially for more serious injuries, time and monetary costs add up quickly. If you have suffered an injury in an auto accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for those damages. If you have suffered from property loss, you are also eligible for compensation. You may also be able to receive additional compensation for punitive damages based on the severity of the accident and the circumstances surrounding the situation.
Follow this guide for a full explanation of personal injury compensation eligibility.
You must establish that another person is liable for your damages to receive compensation. Personal injury liability due to negligence is the most common way that someone is held accountable for another driver’s damages in an auto accident lawsuit.
After properly handling the on-scene situation, you will need to decide what legal action you want to take. You may be enticed to file a lawsuit and go to trial with hopes of maximizing your payout, but a car accident lawsuit can be an expensive and time-consuming process. A safer and quicker option might be negotiating a settlement with the other parties involved.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both these options.
Advantages of settling out of court in a car accident lawsuit:
Advantages of going to trial in a car accident lawsuit:
It just comes down to the cost-benefit of going to trial. Do you think that the potential costs of a trial outweigh the benefits? Will you get a higher payout for filing a lawsuit or settling out of court?
These are difficult questions to answer, so it may be beneficial to seek legal consultation to help you decide what option is best for you.
At our offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Edwardsville, IL, we offer a free consultation with an individual member of our firm to discuss the specifics of your car wreck. Once, communication with the firm has been established, one of our car accident lawyers can help you decide if settling or going to trial would be the most beneficial option for you. A car accident lawyer can also help you in the process of gathering evidence and assessing damages. At TorHoerman Law, our team of car accident lawyers is experts in the laws and legal process of auto accident lawsuits. Our law firm can help you make the important decisions to ensure that you receive the highest possible compensation for damages that you endured in your auto accident.
After you have hired a car accident lawyer, the next step will be filing a demand letter. Your car accident lawyer will put together all the evidence and a list of damages. This letter is a claim. A claim explains what you believe you are entitled to. After the claim has been reviewed by the other party, all parties involved enter settlement talks.
The other driver’s insurance company will likely handle the claim. If the other driver does not have proper auto insurance, then their lawyer will handle your claim.
The insurance company or defense lawyer will make a counter-offer for your demand. You can either agree to a settlement or deny the counter-offer. The negotiation process can be drawn out, and there might be multiple counter-offers. If you are unable to reach a final settlement, you will likely go to trial.
If you go to trial, your car accident lawyer will file a legal formal complaint to the court and to the other parties involved. You will enter a discovery process, where all evidence from both sides is shared. During discovery, you may also be asked to be deposed by the other side and vice-versa.
After discovery, you will enter a trial. The trial can either be decided by a judge or jury, depending on what option your car accident lawyer feels is likely to benefit you more. The judge or jury will hear both sides arguments, review all documents and evidence, and make a decision.
This process can be extremely time-consuming and potentially expensive. While our car accident lawyer work on contingency, court costs can still add up. Trials can take days to weeks. You must consider this when deciding whether to take a settlement.
Last Modified: September 20th, 2019 @ 12:11 pm
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