If you have been injured in a car accident, there is no specific time in which you can expect to receive a settlement. That's because there are several different factors that play a part in how long it might take to assess damages and settle a claim. Each car accident case is unique and the time it takes for a case to be resolved could significantly vary depending on the facts and circumstances.
The California car accident attorneys at the Vaziri Law Group, APC have found that it could take a few weeks, a few months or even a few years for car accident cases to settle. The more complex the case and the more severe the damages, the longer a case is likely to take. This is why you need a knowledgeable, experienced and resourceful car accident lawyer on your side who can support you through the process and make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.
What Should You Do When You Are Injured in a Car Accident?
If you didn't suffer any injuries or property damage as the result of a car accident, you could reach an easy settlement with your insurance company.
However, a number of car accidents typically result in property damage (such as your vehicle getting totaled) and/or injuries that require medical attention and care. These are the cases where recovering monetary compensation can become complicated and tricky.
It is crucial for victims of car accidents to understand what to do in the aftermath of such traumatic events. While the most important step to take if you've been injured in a car accident is to prioritize your physical and mental well being, there are some other steps that may become important should you need to file a car accident claim. Here are some of those measures:
- Secure prompt medical attention, care and treatment for your injuries.
- Exchange pertinent information from other parties involved in the incident such as name, contact information, driver's license and auto insurance policy details, etc.
- Obtain evidence from the scene such as videos, photos and contacts for anyone who may have witnessed the crash.
- Notify your auto insurance company as soon as possible.
- Contact an experienced California car accident attorney who can help guide you through the claim process and help you secure a fair settlement.
Factors That Can Affect Your Car Accident Settlement
While a majority of car accident cases are settled out of court, some cases will go to a jury trial. This is why it is important that your car accident attorney is not only a skilled negotiator but also an accomplished trial lawyer. The complexity and length of the settlement process and the eventual settlement amount could depend on a number of factors including:
Nature and extent of the injuries
The severity of the injuries you have suffered could affect the time it takes and the settlement amount. If you have suffered significant injuries, the case could take longer to settle because of all the details involved, but your settlement amount could also be significantly higher. Understanding the nature and extent of your injuries and what you can expect in future medical costs will help you seek an accurate settlement amount.
Typically in a car accident case, the person who caused your accident and/or their insurance company will be held liable for your losses. This is why determining fault and liability could be a crucial step in determining your settlement amount.
Quality of evidence
You case settlement could hinge on the type and quality of evidence you have to prove that the defendant was negligent. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will be able to collect, compile and present powerful evidence while also seeking the expertise of professionals such as accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals to provide valuable testimony in your case.
If a case is not settled out of court, it will need to proceed to a jury trial. This could cause significant delays. Your case could take several months to get resolved.
Your car accident attorney
If you retain the services of a lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases and has proven to be adept in dealing with insurance companies and their tactics, your chances of reaching a just settlement sooner will be significantly higher. The California car accident lawyers at the Vaziri Law Group know what types of actions are needed in order to speed up your claim so you receive maximum compensation in the shortest time possible
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Who Can Help You
At the Vaziri Law Group, APC we have the experience, knowledge and resources necessary to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses. It is important that you do not rush into a settlement with the insurance company. If you do that, your case might be considered closed and you may not be able to seek further damages for any future expenses you may incur in connection with your car accident injuries.
If you are concerned about what you might have to pay to retain a personal injury lawyer, you can rest assured. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don't charge any fees unless you receive compensation in your case. Call us at 877-812-1085 and ask to learn about our free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.