The overwhelming majority of car accident cases settle out of court. Here are some answers to questions that car crash victims often have about settlements. For more information or discuss the specifics of your case, call our office today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Maryland car accident lawyer.
Why Do Car Accident Cases Settle at All?
In most car crashes, it’s perfectly clear which party caused the accident. Usually, one of the drivers was speeding, made an illegal turn, was under the influence of alcohol, or otherwise violated the law and caused an accident. Car accident cases settle because it’s much cheaper for insurance companies to reach a settlement agreement than it is to defend a losing case in court.
How Much Will My Settlement Be?
Not surprisingly, many car accident victims want to know how much they will be able to recover from the insurance company. It’s simply not possible to estimate the value of a car accident case without conducting a thorough review of all of the facts, but some of the factors that may influence the amount you ultimately recover include:
- Your occupation
- The severity of the damage to your vehicle or other personal property
- Your age
- The extent and seriousness of your injuries
- The limits of the other driver’s insurance policy
If My Case Isn’t Going to Court, Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
You may be wondering why you need an attorney if the insurance company is offering to just write you a check. The reason it’s important to retain legal representation for settlement negotiations is that the insurance company is under no obligation to pay you what your case is actually worth. In addition, insurance companies regularly engage in shady tactics that are designed to get you to settle for less than you deserve. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case and determine how much it is worth. If the insurance company will not make a reasonable settlement offer, your lawyer will likely file a lawsuit in order to make sure you get the compensation to which you are entitled under Maryland law.
Will My Case Settle?
While most cases settle, there is no guarantee that yours will. There is no way to know whether you will be able to avoid trial until the paperwork is signed. That being said, cases where liability is clear and the insurance company is not contesting damages will almost certainly settle out-of-court. If the cause of your accident is unclear or if your damages are in dispute, there’s a greater chance that your case will go to trial.
Call Alpert Schreyer, LLC, Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we are dedicated to helping car accident victims get the compensation they deserve and are not afraid to take large insurance companies to court. Call us today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury in Maryland.