The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more people are killed in car accidents in the United States than in other high-income countries. According to the CDC, more than 33,000 people were killed in traffic accidents nationwide in 2015. This is equivalent to approximately 90 accident deaths each day.
After a serious accident, it is important to hold the at-fault party liable for his or her actions. Filing a car accident claim will not undo the harm done or make your injuries go away, but it can bring a sense of justice. It can also help you get financial help to pay for your medical expenses.
Factors Impacting Your Accident Claim
A number of factors can impact the outcome of your car accident claim. It is important to recognize these factors so that you can have a better understanding of the steps you should take and avoid taking in order to maximize the value of your claim.
- The consistency of your version of the story. It is normal for you to forget the details of how the accident happened and remember it later. However, if your version changes with many inconsistencies, it may ultimately hurt the value of your claim. It is best to be consistent with your version of the accident, whether you are telling your NYC accident lawyer, a doctor, or insurance adjuster.
- Evidence of negligence. The outcome of your accident claim depends on whether you can prove the other driver was at fault. You need to also prove that this negligence directly resulted in your injuries.
- Your doctor’s opinions of you and your injuries. Your injuries are a big factor in the outcome of your personal injury claim. This means that you need to prove the extent of your injuries with supporting medical records from your treating physicians. Without detailed medical records and your doctor’s opinions of your injuries, the insurance adjuster will not pay the full compensation that you are entitled to.
- The impact of the accident on your lifestyle. If you are making a claim that the car accident significantly altered your life, you need to prove that there are in fact changes in your lifestyle. For example, you will need to show that you are no longer able to go back to work. If the insurance company catches you doing something that you said you cannot do, it will severely compromise the value of your claim.
At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., our attorneys understand the ramifications of a car accident on the victim and their family members. We are aggressive in getting our clients the full extent of monetary compensation they are entitled to for the injuries they have suffered.
If you or a loved one was injured due to the negligent actions of another driver and would like to consult with an experienced New York car accident attorney, please call Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.