Car accidents are scary, confusing, and chaotic. When you’ve been in a serious accident, it can be difficult to adjust without some guidance.
Fortunately, our firm is ready to help. At Lavent Law, we understand how difficult it can be to recover. If you are struggling with your case, follow these five tips to help your car accident claim succeed.
1) Gather Evidence for Your Damages Immediately
While you may be suffering and struggling to get back on track, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible. The evidence will help prove that you were badly injured, that you need further compensation, and that you were not at fault. Recovering compensation can mean the difference between a smooth recovery and paying for your accident for years or even decades afterward.
Be sure to gather evidence of the defendant’s fault, as well. “Comparative negligence” laws can devalue your case if the defendant argues that the crash was partly your fault.
2) Don’t Speak to the Insurance Companies Alone
It’s an unfortunate truth that the insurance companies aren’t always willing to help. They’re in a for-profit business, after all.
As such, be careful when you speak to them if they contact you. For instance, they may try to make you admit fault or negligence or “lowball” your claim so that your settlement value will decrease. Knowing your rights and what you’re required to share will make a difference in your case.
3) Know Your State Laws
If you’re not certain about Florida’s laws about car accidents, check all time limits and statutes before you file.
For instance, a car crash report must be filed within ten days if it involved any deaths, commercial vehicles, or violations of the law. Even if you’re severely injured, it’s important that someone acts to report your crash before this time runs out.
Once your report is in the system, you have four years from the date of the crash to act. If you’re late at all for the deadline, you will be barred from recovering personal injury compensation.
4) Calculate Your Damages
When you’re severely injured, you likely need help getting back on your feet, and the damages you suffer after an accident can change things dramatically. But how much is your car accident claim worth?
When you’re preparing your claim, calculate all damages from your accident—not just your medical expenses and vehicle damage. These may include the following:
- Lost wages
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Future medical procedures
5) Get in Touch with an Attorney
Once you’ve gathered your evidence and prepared your claim, consider getting in touch with Lavent Law. We understand exactly what makes a car accident claim succeed, and we want to help you get there.
If you’re unsure or have questions, give us a call at 305-440-0450 or fill out the online contact form below. We offer free consultations to our clients so you know before you sign anything that we’re on your side.