Settling Your Car Accident Case Outside of the Courtroom
If you have been involved in a car crash, you probably have a lot to think about. Perhaps you might be in physical and emotional pain or confused about what you should do next. Although a lot of crash victims consider filing a claim to recover financial compensation, others hesitate because of fear of being in court. Thankfully, not all car accident cases end up in court. If you work with a seasoned Houston car accident attorney, your claim may be settled out of court.
Importance of Preparing Your Case for Trial
Although you may want to settle your case outside of the courtroom, your attorney will prepare your case like it’s going to trial. By preparing, they can leverage when in terms of settlement talks. This can help them arrive at a fair settlement and avoid appearances in court. When preparing your car accident case for trial, your attorney will do the following:
- Investigate your accident. To prepare your case, your attorney will investigate your accident thoroughly. Their investigation will disclose evidence and clues on how the crash took place, who caused it, as well as the kind and amount of compensation you deserve.
- Collect evidence. During the investigation, your attorney will collect necessary evidence such as photos, video footage, witness statements, police reports, physical damage, and medical reports. This evidence will support your claim and prove that your accident took place.
- Consult with experts. Expert testimony can offer leverage during talks with insurance companies about settlements or trials. Experts like reconstruction specialists, medical experts, forensic specialists, and others may be called on to substantiate your claim.
What to Seek in a Settlement?
Going to trial can be time-consuming and exhausting. So, if possible, your attorney will try to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company of the driver who caused the crash. When a company makes an offer, your attorney will only accept it when it fully compensates you for your damages. These damages include the following:
- Medical expenses. Your attorney will help you seek compensation for the money you have spent on your medical treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other expenses because of your accident injury. Such expenses may include past and future expenses.
- Lost wages. If you have suffered a serious injury, you probably missed some time off of work. If you lost wages because of your injury, your attorney can seek compensation for your lost income and the income you may lose in the future if your injury has diminished your ability to earn a living.
- Pain and suffering. You can also be compensated for your pain and suffering and emotional distress if your injury has resulted in them.