Factors That Can Increase or Decrease the Compensation You Receive for Your Car Crash Injuries
When you're pursuing a claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company, you need to know some basics about your case. These include the applicable law; the strengths and weaknesses in your case; and the amount of compensation you could receive.
An attorney with experience settling car accident cases will allow him better insight into the value of your claim. This enables him to give you an idea of how much you can
expect in settlement with the other driver’s insurance company.
What Factors Determine the Amount of Your Auto Accident Settlement?
Your attorney looks at a number of factors that affect how strong your claim is—and the amount you can realistically expect to receive. Some of these considerations include:
- Your consistency. If you're consistent in how you say the accident occurred during the many times you could be asked to tell your story, you'll be a more credible witness and have a stronger case. If your version of events changes, the other driver’s insurance company adjuster will use this action to dispute your right to compensation.
- Evidence of negligence. You must have solid evidence to prove the other driver’s negligence in order to win your case. If the other driver was clearly at fault—such as by texting, driving while intoxicated, or causing a rear-end collision—his insurance company may not dispute liability, making the value of your claim greater.
- Your injuries. Medical evidence is crucial in your case to prove the extent of your injuries. If your doctor’s report doesn't support your evaluation of injuries, this will significantly decrease the value of your claim and make your attorney’s job of negotiating your settlement more difficult.
- Post-crash lifestyle. This is another aspect of your case where consistency is important. If you're caught doing activities you say you're too injured to do, this can drastically reduce the amount of compensation.
- Your attorney. Having an experienced attorney who is not afraid to take your case to trial can have a huge impact on the amount of compensation you receive. If your attorney has a reputation of litigating cases when settlement offers are unreasonable, the insurance adjuster will be more likely to be reasonable in negotiations—and willing to settle your claim.
If you or a family member was hurt in a car wreck caused by another driver, you have options. See my case results to learn how I have helped other accident victims and then fill out the online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your situation.