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What Happens if I’m in an Accident?

Auto accidents accountAuto accidents account for most personal injury claims in the United States. Roughly half of all car accidents result in claims and a considerable number of those become lawsuits requiring competent legal representation.

If you’re involved in a car accident, remember the following:

  1. You’ve got that great phone with a camera, use it and start photographing everything – The location of other car, their damage, the license plate, the other driver, the driver’s license, insurance card and registration, their passengers, the location of your car, your damage, witnesses, the scene of the location, traffic, traffic signs and lights, the police, the ambulance and anything else that might be important later. Better yet, take a video as well especially if the other driver is speaking out how the accident happened.
  2. Only give general information – your driver’s license information, your insurance agent contact, and anything required by a law enforcement or medical professional to ensure that the situation is safe.
  3. Do not confront the other party of the accident in an emotional or hostile fashion. Even if you aren’t at fault, you can still prejudice any auto accident claim by your actions after the accident.

No matter how obvious things may be to you, the insurance company isn’t going to just give their money away. They’ll do everything they can to show that their client wasn’t the only one liable, or that your loses weren’t as severe as you say.

Obtaining a fair personal injury settlement with the insurance adjuster is complicated, stressful and drawn out. Your personal injury compensation, even when factoring in things like pain and suffering damages, is usually directly related to your past and future medical bills and how your claim is presented.

This is why it might be a good idea to let an expert accident injury attorney at Liberty & Associates handle the insurance company. We’ll trade you the headache-inducing legal complexities for some well-deserved peace of mind!

How much do I deserve?

Calculating the total amount of your damages is never easy. It often requires putting a price on things that usually don’t have a monetary value. Even then, your math won’t likely match up with the insurance company’s. You will try to get paid as much as you believe you deserve, and they will try to pay you as little as they can get away with.

Where do you start looking? What should you expect? What questions do you ask?
If you’ve been seriously injured, you need to find an expert accident injury attorney fast. Hiring a good lawyer might take some time, so the sooner you start, the better. In fact, best practices suggest that you meet with your lawyer in the first week or two after your injury.

An expert accident injury attorney brings a lot to the table: knowledge of the legal game, experienced negotiation, successful trial verdicts, etc. but an attorney may take longer to get highest settlement possible and will also take a fee from the settlement you receive.

You should know it’s not absolutely necessary to find attorney services. It really depends on your case. If you just want to file a claim and your case is relatively straight forward, then you might be able to “go it alone.” This approach could save you time and attorney’s fees but you risk the possibility of making a grave mistake not readily apparent that you might not be able to correct.

How can an Expert Accident Injury Attorney at Liberty & Associates Help Me?

Over the past three decades, we have handled thousands of personal injury cases, so we know the drill.

Liberty & Associates have experience in gathering evidence and negotiating with insurance companies. We know how the legal game is played and will advise you on how much your injuries are worth. This knowledge is critical to negotiating insurance settlements effectively.

You can read more about us here.

What Can I Expect?

  • We will gather evidence and negotiate with the insurance company in support of your claim.
  • It is likely that you will have to wait a few months to a year, maybe more, before receiving your personal injury settlement.
  • Only 5% of the personal injury claims we handle require suit to be filed and only 5% of those cases that are filed ever go to trial. If your case goes to trial, you’re probably looking at 1-3 years given the delay brought about from the closure backlog as a result of the virus.
  • We will be in contact with you if there are any updates to your claim and consult with you about how best to proceed.

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