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What happens after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Car Accident

After a car accident, the first thing you will probably do is to ensure everyone is safe. However, once reality sets in, you must begin thinking about the legal aspects of the incident.

You will need to file claims and work with insurers to try to recoup your losses. You may also need to go to court.

File a claim

You should contact your insurance company and file a claim. Your insurer will need details of the accident, including the extent of damage to your vehicle and any injuries you may have sustained. You should also submit the crash report you received from law enforcement. The insurance company will then assess the claim and determine the appropriate course of action.

If the other driver was at fault for the accident, you may be able to file a claim against their insurance company. The process is similar to filing with your company. They may require additional evidence, such as photos of the accident scene, witness statements and medical records. The insurance company will then review the evidence and decide whether to accept or deny your claim.

Receive payout from your claim

If you made the claim to your insurer and the company accepts it, you may receive payment. How much money you get or whether you get any money depends on policy coverage and limits.

The other party’s insurance may offer you a settlement for a claim you make. You have the right to negotiate the deal or refuse it.

If your insurer or the other party’s insurer denies your claim, you have the right to appeal.

File a lawsuit

In some cases, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver to recover compensation for damages. This may happen if the insurance company denies the claim, the insurance company’s payout does not cover all your losses or the other driver does not have insurance.

You will need to file a petition with the court to begin the lawsuit. In court, you will need to present evidence to prove your claims. You can ask for damages, which is compensation for your expenses, losses and suffering due to the crash.

Understanding the legal process after a car accident can help you protect your rights and navigate the situation more effectively. By following the necessary steps, you can increase your chances of recovering compensation for damages and moving forward after a crash.