The best way to get the most money from a car accident lawsuit in Indiana is to hire a skilled attorney. A skilled attorney can help you file a lawsuit and make sure you get the best settlement possible. When evaluating attorneys, look for one that has expert insurance negotiation skills and knows fair settlement amounts based on your car accident details and circumstances.
After suffering injuries through no fault of your own, having to shoulder the expenses from the incident is unfair. Pursuing a car accident lawsuit can help cover those expenses along with the trauma and hardship that the experience causes you.
Several factors go into calculating and negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company.
Factors Impacting Settlement Amounts
Every car accident is not the same. At Stewart & Stewart, we look at the details of your accident to ensure we reach the best possible settlement for you.
Calculating a fair settlement means evaluating all details related to the accident, your injuries and other personal factors. Here’s a look at some of the factors that could impact your car accident lawsuit settlement amount:
- Severity of the accident
- Accident evidence
- Injury types
- Missed work
- Disability or disfigurement
- Mental health impacts
- Whether the injured party was the head of the household
- Witness accounts
Importance of Gathering Accident Evidence and Witnesses
The evidence available in your case will have a large impact on your ability to secure a settlement. After an accident, you should take some time to gather details to protect your ability to pursue a car accident lawsuit.
Some of the things you should document after a car accident, if you’re able, include the following:
- Take photos of the vehicles involved in the accident and the accident location/intersection.
- Collect witness accounts and contact information.
- Write down everything you remember from the accident as soon as possible so that you have an accurate account of what happened.
- Get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove that your injuries were from the car accident.
- Keep all bills related to the accident, including property damage, and medical bills.
In some cases, you might not be able to collect the evidence because of the severity of your injuries. If that’s the case, don’t worry. Your attorney will still conduct a full investigation to gather evidence in your case.
Presenting Evidence to Secure a Settlement
Once you’ve gathered the necessary evidence for your case, you need an attorney skilled at presenting this information to secure the best settlement.
Some people try to negotiate a car accident settlement on their own. The challenge is that without any prior experience in this area, you might mistakenly omit expenses related to the accident or not realize the tricks the insurance company is using to lower your settlement amount.
Attorneys are experts at collecting and presenting evidence. They know tactics that insurance companies use to manage the total expense they incur following an accident.
The back and forth between the injury victim and the insurance company can also be time-consuming and make the victim relive the accident over and over again. This can wear you down to the point where you accept whatever amount the insurance company offers you.
Discussing your car accident with an Indiana attorney has no cost to you. We’ll evaluate your case, answer your questions, and help you understand the process for filing a lawsuit. With Stewart & Stewart’s No Fee Unless We Win promise, you won’t pay anything unless we reach a settlement for you.
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