How Long Does It Take to Settle a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?
Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize, is that motor vehicle accident claims are not exactly cut and dry.
Each motor vehicle accident claim is unique, here are quite a lot of moving parts involved in proving fault and receiving compensation after you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Each motor vehicle accident involves not only the drivers and passengers, but the insurance companies that will be fighting tirelessly to determine which driver was at fault, and which party is responsible for paying to resolve any damages. It’s not hard to imagine that an insurance company wouldn’t want to pay one cent over what’s absolutely necessary.
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There are many factors that can come into play when trying to resolve your motor vehicle accident claim with an attorney.
The Degree of Injuries and Damages
The degree of an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident can certainly elongate the duration of your claim and settlement.
And, it’s not just the injuries you may have suffered that could tie things up, it’s also the damage that was done to your vehicle. If you require multiple, extensive surgeries to correct any injuries and physical therapy to help get your body back into working order, that’s a reason why your settlement may take longer to disperse.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered life-long injuries, such as brain damage, paralysis, or the loss of a limb, the incredibly high costs associated with future medical care will most likely slow down your settlement process as well, and it even has the capability to halt it entirely.
Finally, another major factor that plays into a settlement is insurance companies. It’s no secret that insurance companies will find any way to pay the least amount possible, so it’s important to expect either your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance to go the distance in fighting to protect their money. They’ll work tirelessly to minimize the amount paid, and if it gets unreasonable, expect settlement talks to go on for quite some time.
Cooperation, and the Lack Thereof!
There’s a good chance that certain insurance companies will work to be flexible, instead of standing in your way the entire time.
Larger insurance providers have a dedicated legal team that’s sole focus is reducing the cost of a claim, and negotiating with the plaintiffs attorney(s).
If your insurance provider is on the smaller side, it may plausable to believe they have a quite large back-log of outstanding claims, which in turn will make the process for you or a loved one much longer. It may also be a good idea to prepare yourself for the other driver to be everything but cooperative! It’s best to lean on your attorney in a time like this, and let them fight it out for you.
Putting The Pieces Together!
There’s quite a lot of moving parts when determining fault and proving a motor vehicle accident case in court.
For example, if your claim revolves around a government-related entity, it may take longer than a claim between two drivers and their respective insurance companies.
If there are any missing pieces of documentation, like a crash report or a witness who is no longer available to speak on your behalf, it can also delay the settlement process greatly. Likewise, a motor vehicle accident that involves a commercial trucking organization, or a delivery truck for instance, it may require an extensive investigation, tacking on far more time to your settlement.
Our Team of Accident Attorneys Work to Prove Your Case!
Our motor vehicle accident attorneys have built a network of investigators and accident reconstructionists who are distinguished in their fields of expertise. Together with these experts, we work to determine the cause of your vehicle crash.
We collaborate with our own medical experts to document the full extent of your injuries.
If it is determined that your injuries and property damage are the result of another’s negligent or reckless behavior, we commit the full thrust of our force to fight for the maximum compensation possible for you.
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