Even with all of the modern technology the 21st century has to offer, car accidents still happen and it still can be stated that dealing with their aftermath is never a simple routine process. Sometimes the cause is a negligent driver and sometimes the culprit is the manufacturer of a faulty auto part. Drivers, passengers and/or pedestrians may be involved. In any case, serious injuries are bound to ensue even when cars collide at moderate speeds. The first and most important step to take, of course, is to seek medical attention after you’ve been in a car accident. Each case comes with its own unique facts and circumstances, so a good rule to follow immediately after receiving care, is to contact a qualified, experienced auto accident attorney, to help you navigate the system and bring you toward a fair auto accident settlement. It’s also important to report the incident to your insurance company, but before signing any auto accident settlements, it’s always best, when you’re injured and healing, to have an attorney speak to insurance adjusters on your behalf. Insurance companies do not always have your best interest in mind. They likely will offer some kind of settlement, (sometimes a lowball settlement) but a specialized auto accident attorney can counsel you about whether or not the offer is fair and the best one for you to accept. With lawyers on their side, injured auto accident victims are more likely to receive better auto accident settlements than those without legal representation.
There are several things that get factored in when determining a fair auto accident settlement amount. These include the extent of the victim’s injuries, the costs of medical treatment (doctor, hospital, emergency room, physical therapy, medication), lost income, pain & suffering and auto repair costs. A skilled auto accident attorney will thoroughly explain your rights and make sure you are fairly compensated for the damages you and your family have suffered.