Car accidents may all look the same, but the truth is they all have their subtle differences. Therefore, no car accident claim can be exactly like another. Accidents will always happen, there’s nothing to do about it; but if you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of such an accident you should know that a successful compensation claim must be carefully planned if you want to make it.
All Car Accidents Are Unique
But know this: there are so many companies that try to “help” in this kind of situation that you can’t always tell which are competent and which are not. Watch it for those men who intercept you seeing the accident or at the hospital. They get their paycheck out of commissions so you can’t say they are as empathetic as they seem. So seeing the difference between a good company and a bad one will be a crucial thing before you act.
In most of cases, these people will want your injury claim. Even if it means by-passing the small print! Also important, you shouldn’t let them go on and on about their “successes”, cases won, claims delivered etc, because your situation is unique, and so anything can happen. They are paid to practically fool you, so don’t let them.
Then How Do You Make A Successful Car Accident Claim?
Car accident injury claims are one of the most important issues in their field. There is not much room for interpretation and the most important information can only be gathered at the scene. It is crucial for the victim to gather as much as he/she can, making notes about the driver and insurance, the place where it happened, how did it happen and most importantly how. If the police is present then things are simpler, because they know better what to look at and what questions to ask.
Tips and Tricks
The accident solicitor will tell you “all” about the things you need to do. After that, he will always ask: “Any questions about what I just told you?” Never say “No, I’m fine with it”, for this is a heavy mistake.
Please do interrogate him thoroughly:
• Will I get the ‘whole’ of my compensation? If yes… continue
• Will I need to pay a fee? If no… continue
• Do you recover costs from the other side (i.e. people at fault)? If yes… continue
• Would I need to pay anyone any money once my claim is settled? If no… proceed.
Passengers In A Car Accident
In most cases, passengers will not have any blame in an accident; they can be from either, the fault or non-fault side. But it wasn’t them who drove the automobile, so they have the greatest chances of success when asking for a correct compensation. Of course, they need to be checked by medical specialists for their injuries, otherwise there will be no claim. Passengers (no matter if husbands, wives, children or relatives) can make their car accident claim without any hesitation. Why should they suffer because of another persons’ negligence?
If you were the passenger and your driver messed up, you can still make your claim, it was his fault, you didn’t have anything to do with it. So no matter in which car you were when the accident occurred, you make a successful claim! But if you were the one who drove and it was indeed your fault, then there’s no chance at all you could make a claim. Only your passengers will be able to do that, against you.
Do you know that there are some factors that will cut down the compensation payments you can receive? For example, if you weren’t wearing a seat belt, you will get less money, 25% less. What’s more, if the driver was drunk when it happened, you knew that he wasn’t in the right condition to drive and still you didn’t do anything about it then this will lower your payment by a certain amount.
There are cases where the driver admits part liability on a proportion basis. Generally it’s 50/50, but it needs to be assessed by an investigator who will examine who’s at fault before concluding. There are even some cases that result to 80/20.
You DO NOT need to hold back thinking it was your friend’s or family’s car. They pay insurance premiums every year to ensure if anything happens, they’re covered and so are their passengers. You also need NOT WORRY if you were in a taxi, bus, train or any other form of public transport. You can still proceed with an accident compensation claim, as the drivers are insured, as is the taxi, train and bus driver. Companies pay thousands every year in insurance premiums to cover passengers for these unfortunate accidents and injuries.
On speaking to a quality car accident solicitor will you be able to eliminate doubts in your head about payments, fees and procedures!