If you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries. The driver at fault is liable for any financial losses incurred because of the accident. These losses include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and wrongful death damages. There are several factors that can dramatically increase or decrease the value of your car accident settlement. Understanding the settlement process can help you change the outcome. Some of the most significant factors that can affect your car accident settlement include:
Your version of the accident and its consistency
In a car accident case, you must remain consistent in your explanations of how the accident happened. All the details of the accident are important. If you share multiple stories that are inconsistent, an insurance adjuster or defense attorney may use this fact to decrease the value of your settlement
Evidence of negligence
You must prove that the other driver was negligent and that their negligence directly caused your injuries. The settlement amount you receive depends on whether or not you contributed to your own injuries, and on how negligent the other driver was. If your own actions contributed to the accident, the damages will be reduced according to your percentage of fault. In order to prove fault in a car accident, it is important to present solid evidence, such as photographs of the accident scene and injuries, witness statements, a police report, as well as a record of your injuries and the effects.
Doctors’ opinions and your injury claims
Medical records are vital for proving injuries in a car accident case. Hence, you must obtain proper medical treatment and keep all records from the doctors who treat your injuries. An insurance adjuster or a defense attorney will carefully review your medical records and compare them to your complaints. They will determine if your doctors’ opinions support what you are saying about your injuries. The value of your settlement may be reduced if the injuries are exaggerated.
Whether your current lifestyle is consistent with your injury claims
If you claim that the car accident has dramatically altered your lifestyle, you must be consistent in all your post-accident statements and actions. Your current lifestyle should reflect the effects of your injuries. In many cases, the defense will hire an investigator to follow the accident victim to ensure that the description of their injuries is valid. For example, if you claim that you suffered back injuries, you shouldn’t be carrying heavy bags or performing strenuous exercises in a gym.
Pursuing a car accident settlement? Contact The Reinken Law Firm.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a car accident attorney at The Reinken Law Firm. We will work hard to claim the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation call 203-541-0090/203-491-4404/203-418-7037/203-489-2825 or fax 203-325-8807