Written on Nov 7, 2012 6:43:00 PM
Offered A Car Accident Settlement? Should You Take It?
Topics: auto accident
Question: I was in a car accident and the other driver's insurance company offered me a settlement should I take it?
As car accident lawyers we get asked this question a lot and the answer it - that depends. As a rule of thumb, you should never accept any settlement offered to you by another insurance company without first consulting with an experienced, qualified car accident lawyer. Why? Because the chances are great that you are getting lowballed by the insurance company. If it is the case where the company extends an offer to you, it’s usually implied that they know their customer is at fault in that particular case.
Getting just compensation to cover your injuries, lost wages and even suffering can be a bit like a poker game. You gotta know when to fold ‘em, hold ‘em and know when to walk away. And you have to know when not to accept a settlement. It’s always wise to first consult with a car accident lawyer before ever signing anything. Make sure you get what’s coming to you.
Why Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer?
If you were hurt in a car accident, then you need an lawyer. Florida traffic law is a very complicated thing. There are a lot of obscure facts that compose the law, so you need someone to represent you who knows all of the ‘nooks and crannies’ of law and understands how to apply them in negotiations and in court.
You also need an car accident lawyer because he or she can accurately assess whether the other driver was insure properly. Was that driver underinsured? If so, by how much. And if so, does that put the other driver’s insurance company on the hook for more money? These kinds of questions are the kind we always ask in every case.
When we choose to take on a client here at Lowman Law Firm, that person can rest easy knowing that every relevant question is being asked, that every aspect of the accident is being investigated and that no stone is left being unturned. Being thorough and paying high attention to detail is what separates the chaff from the wheat when it comes to being a skilled car accident lawyer.
Winning your case takes more than just being a withholding tank for legal trivia: it also requires experience, a sense of pragmatism and an equal sense of legal innovation and knowing how to apply the law.
A common mistake many who have been hurt in an automobile accident make is to assume that the other party will contact their insurance company to let them know there was an accident. Never stand by and wait. You need to contact the other driver’s insurance company yourself and document it, recording the date, time and who you spoke to and confirm with them that the service rep knows you’re doing so.
Leave The Driving To Us!
You don't need to go through this alone, the experienced car accident attorneys at Lowman Law Firm are here to help. Your case review is free and we only collect on a contingency basis, so if we do not win your case, you don’t have to pay a dime.