Motor vehicle accidents result in the majority of personal injury claims, often because of the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved in the accident. Motor vehicle accidents are often caused by specific factors including, but not limited to, speeding, driving recklessly, driving while intoxicated, failing to obey traffic signs/lights, failing to signal, driving an improperly maintained vehicle, and driving dangerously under certain weather conditions
Examples of common motor vehicle accidents include, but are not limited to, Car Accidents, Truck Accidents, Bus Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, ATV Accidents, DWI Accidents, Boating Accidents, and Aviation Accidents/Airplane Crashes.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident and you believe another party was at fault, please contact the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC. The Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC want to hear more about your case.
Do I have a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?
You need to address two main questions when you are trying to determine if you have a motor vehicle accident claim:
- Compensable Damages: First, have you suffered personal injuries from your motor vehicle accident for which you can show compensable damages? Compensable damages in Motor Vehicle Accidents are damages that usually have a concrete or tangible value and can be readily documented and accounted for. Some common examples of compensable damages include, but are not limited to, medical bills, property loss or damage, lost time at work, and damages due to pain and suffering. You can ultimately discuss your individual circumstances with the qualified and experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC for help to determine if your “compensable damages” are sufficient enough to justify pursuing a motor vehicle accident claim.
- Third Party Responsibility: Second, can you identify a third party who was responsible for your personal injuries? With the help of the qualified and experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC, you can try to determine if a third party was responsible for your injuries. One of our attorneys can also help you determine if it is possible and/or likely to prove that this third party was responsible for your injuries.
How do I make a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim or file a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit?
The best way to decide whether to proceed with a motor vehicle accident claim or lawsuit is to consult the qualified and experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC about your case. If you are a layperson, you probably do not have the knowledge and experience with the applicable law to make proper decisions about how to proceed. The legal process can also be intimidating, with many twists and turns that you may not be prepared for.
A motor vehicle accident attorney can help you by:
- Explaining Your Rights.
- “Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your case, including whether or not it is possible and/or likely that you will be able to prove that another party was responsible for your motor vehicle accident.
- Estimating your potential recovery based upon your individual circumstances
- Educating you on the process of filing a motor vehicle accident claim, including determining whether or not the statute of limitations has passed
The Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC can assist you with all of the above listed matters, as well as answer any other questions you may have regarding your potential personal injury claim.
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: Preserving your ability to bring a motor vehicle accident claim actually starts from the moment the accident occurs. Following a few simple rules and recommendations can help you to preserve and protect your rights pertaining to your potential claim:
Things to do:
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident and/or injury occurs and let them know about the circumstances of the incident. This should be one of the first calls that you make, after seeking emergency attention if necessary.
- “Examine your current insurance policy/policies to ensure that you understand what your policy actually covers and does not cover.
- Always make sure that you know the filing deadlines for claims, for both your insurance policy and the other party’s insurance policy.
- Document any and all details of the accident to the best of your ability, beginning with the names, contact information, and insurance information of all parties involved, and the names and contact information of any and all witnesses. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Document in writing any and all conversations you have with anyone at the scene to the best of your ability, including all other parties involved in the accident, as well as emergency personnel, officers, witnesses, etc.
- Keep track of any and all receipts and bills for costs associated with the accident, including medical bills, vehicle repair work receipts, etc.
- Always be clear, concise and truthful with any and all investigators.
Things NOT to do:
- Do not admit to any fault or liability of any kind regarding the accident when speaking about the accident to relevant individuals. Simply relay clear and concise facts about the accident without expressing opinions.
- If you do not completely understand your insurance policy or the other party’s insurance policy, do not submit anything in writing to either insurance company without first seeking the advice of counsel.
- Do not blindly accept information from any insurance company as the absolute final word on any related matters. Be diligent and do your own investigations, and compile your own estimates regarding claim costs so that you have something to negotiate with in the event of a dispute.
- Do not sign any release or waiver of any kind. Always consult an attorney first if you are asked to sign any document that you do not completely understand.
- Do not accept any check designated as “Payment in Full” or “Full and Final Payment” unless it is actually a fair and equitable amount to compensate you for everything you have lost.
Motor Vehicle Accident Damages:
Motor Vehicle Accident Damages usually fall into one of two categories, Insurance Coverage and Compensatory Damages.
- Insurance Coverage: Insurance coverage is supposed to compensate its policyholders for any and all covered damages they incur as the result of an accident. Unfortunately, this purpose is not always fulfilled for policyholders. Insurance companies will often refuse claims or offer inadequate or subpar settlements to accident victims. In these cases, legal representation is often required to fight for the accident victim’s rights, and to challenge the insurance company to “make good” on its policy. If you or someone you know has an impending or ongoing dispute with an insurance carrier, the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC want to help. Contact the lawyers at Bobbitt Law Firm, PC to tell us more about your case.
- Compensatory Damages: Compensatory Damages are documentable damages that account for actual, tangible losses attributable to the accident. Examples of common compensatory damages in such cases include medical expenses and loss of income.
If you have a potential Motor Vehicle Accident claim and you have questions about related damages, please contact the Motor Vehicle Accident attorneys at Bobbitt Law.
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