Traffic Accidents & Compensation
If you were in an auto accident recently your not alone. News reports show that there has been a major increase in auto accidents and that California roads and highways were more dangerous last year than in previous years.
In 2020, we saw two things that contributed to the increase. First highway traffic speeds were faster. Second there were more impaired drivers on the road. These two things are a very bad combination for auto accidents and traffic safety. Nationally traffic fatalities were up 8% in 2020 according to the National Safety Council.
Fortunately, accident victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. The amount of compensation awarded for your case depends heavily on the facts and how well they are presented.
What Are You Entitled to in a Car Accident Case?
There are several types of damages you may claim in a personal injury lawsuit. These are typically medical expenses, lost wages, diminished employment opportunities and damages for pain and suffering.
You may be entitled to any of the different types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit if car accident injuries have impacted your life or the lives of those closest to you. Don’t delay and strongly consider the help of a legal professional. Get started today by contacting Kip, he will help you understand what kind of legal options are available.
- Pain & Suffering
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Emotional Distress
- Wrongful Death of Another
We advise you not to give a recorded statement without legal representation
What Do I do After the Accident?
Once you have received medical attention, its time to contact an accident or injury lawyer. You should always call a legal professional; even if the auto accident appears simple and straightforward.
Dealing With Insurance Adjusters
At this point you will be dealing with the insurance company, not the person that hit you. The claim adjuster represents the insurance company and their primary job is to save the insurance company money. To maximize your compensation you should consider contacting an injury or accident lawyer, who has experience dealing with insurance companies on a regular basis.
It is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to call you one or two days after an accident and ask you if it is OK to record a statement from you. If you say yes, and they ask you if you were injured, you may give a recorded statement saying your are not feeling too bad. Then, a couple of days later, you are in excruciating pain when your adrenaline has worn off. The insurance company may later use your statement–’not feeling too bad’–against you to attack your credibility. Would an insurance adjuster do that? I can tell you from over twenty five years of experience handling accident cases and trials, they can, and will.
The process of dealing with an insurance claim.
- Meet with Kip – No risk and very little downside. You should always take advantage of free legal advice and speak to an expert. It takes a couple of minutes and its free.
- Notification and Rights Letter – Kip will send an official letter to the insurance company informing of your intent.
- Investigation and Discovery – Kip will begin gathering information and evidence relating to the accident. This includes medical records, and treatment records . If available any witness documentation of the accident .
- Demand – Kip will create and send out your demands at the appropriate time; detailing facts and summarizing expenses and damages.
- Negotiate – The insurance company will not agree to any of your demands. You will always receive a counter offer of lesser value. Kip is an expert negotiator and will get a deal thats right.
- Settlement – The insurance company can payout or not and go to court.
Kip will advise you on the best strategy. Call and you can speak to an expert attorney right now.