SETTLING YOUR CAR ACCIDENT CASE

car accident caseVery rarely does a car accident case over go to trial. When conflict arises between two parties in a car accident case, they’ll usually reach a settlement before a trial could take place. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you’ll always want to reach a settlement instead of having to go to trial. It will be a much easier, more inexpensive and less time consuming process. So what are some ways that you can settle your car accident case without having to go to trial?

• Demand Letter

– It will be impossible for you to reach any kind of settlement without first submitting a demand letter. This is where you set out to find the facts for the accident, and is your opportunity to present your case to the insurance company and anyone else outside of the court. Consider writing the demand letter to be the gateway towards attaining a settlement; no it’s not guaranteed it will result in a settlement, but without it, a settlement will be impossible.

– What do you put in your demand letter? Your letter should be composed of the events in chronological order leading up and during the accident. Any details that you remember should be put in the letter, and you should also be sure to include all details surrounding your subsequent medical treatment, lost wages, and any pain or loss of quality of life that you feel. You can then write out what your ‘demands’ are for the damages from the accidents. While you will never gain everything in your demand letter, it certainly leaves you and your lawyer a lot of legroom to negotiate with the opposing party.

• Negotiating

– Once you have written out your demand letter, the next step is to begin the negotiating process with the opposing party. The insurance company will review your demand letter and provide you with an offer. The first offer will almost always be a bad one, but as with the demand letter, you’ll have plenty of room to negotiate. In those regards, avoid the first offer and continue negotiating.

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