Tips for Settling a Car Accident Claim
After a car accident, you will begin dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company to address the issue of compensation for your claim. Their goal is not to help you, but rather to avoid having to pay too large a settlement. An unreasonably low amount will likely be offered, which you should not accept. Hiring a personal injury attorney will be particularly crucial if you suffered any injuries, given the more complicated legal issues associated with such cases. Here are some tips to help you through the process of negotiating a settlement:
- Be prepared: Having substantial evidence is your best form of support in a car accident claim. Obtain as much documentation as possible, including photos of the accident scene and injuries sustained, a list of property damage and repair expenses, medical-related expenses, and a copy of the police report.
- Understand the insurance company’s views: Knowing why the insurance company is offering you a low settlement is an important part of negotiating. Do they think you lack adequate documentation? Do they think the amount you asked for is not justified? A counter-argument can be better crafted with answers to these questions.
- Negotiate: As previously mentioned, hiring a personal injury attorney can greatly increase your chances of achieving a fair settlement. They can help facilitate the negotiation process, especially if an insurance adjuster is trying to make your case drag on, or is putting pressure on you to settle quickly.
At Fieger Law, our Southfield auto accident lawyers are prepared to fight for you if are the victim of a crash. Geoffrey Fieger and his team of attorneys have won over 165 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more. Many of these were for victims of car accidents, including $30 million in an auto negligence case in Genesee County in 2000.
Contact us today at 1-800-294-6637 to learn how we can help you.