Car Accident FAQ
The aftermath of a car accident can be chaotic. When your life is suddenly upended by serious injuries and property damage, there may be a lot of questions going through your mind. At Horan Law Offices, P.C., Attorneys at Law, in Phoenix, Arizona, it is our goal to help you understand the process involved in filing a personal injury claim after a car accident. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions.
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What type of car accident damages am I entitled to?
If another person’s negligence was the primary cause of your accident, you may be entitled to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If the driver who hit you was criminally negligent — which includes reckless driving and driving under the influence — you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
What is the difference between presenting a claim and filing a lawsuit?
Many people confuse the concepts of presenting a claim and filing a lawsuit. Once you know how much compensation you will need to cover your medical expenses and other damages from the crash, you can present a claim to the other driver’s insurance company. Then, you can begin negotiating a settlement. Most car accident claims are settled this way. However, if you cannot reach an agreement with the insurance company, you can file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
What if I think I played a role in the accident?
Even if you think you may have done something to contribute to your accident, it is important to let your lawyer conduct an investigation before you admit fault. Admitting fault can be detrimental to your case, so it is often wise to let others determine exactly what happened. With the help of accident reconstruction experts and witness accounts, as well as other evidence, you can find out what really happened — and the answer may not be what you think.
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Do I really need an attorney to file a personal injury claim?
One of the greatest benefits of having a lawyer on your side is that he or she will know your rights and how to protect them. Getting a fair settlement after a car accident involves more than just filing some paperwork and submitting medical records. It takes careful investigation and strong negotiating skills to make sure you get a settlement that is fair. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to work within the statute of limitations to give you a strong chance at recovery. He or she will also understand what is a fair settlement and what is not. Ultimately, working with a lawyer will give you peace of mind, knowing that your case is being handled correctly, and it may even save you time and money in the long run.