Injured In A Car Accident?
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Car accidents create chaos in people's lives. Suddenly, you might be unable to function normally due a high-speed crash on Interstate 95 in Massachusetts or Connecticut. Or a loved one might be seriously injured due to a distracted driver on I-84 or I-91. The pain and suffering can be unbearable. The calls from insurance companies can be overwhelming.
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Knowing what to do after a serious accident can be confusing. Even knowing what information you need to build a strong, legal case might not be so straightforward. That's why it's critical that you have someone on your side who knows how to handle serious car accidents - and knows how to get results. That's why you need a car accident attorney from the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone in Massachusetts or the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli in Connecticut.
Whether your accident happened on a two-lane road, a major highway or in downtown Boston or Hartford, we can help you hold the driver who caused your crash accountable for his or her actions. We know how the legal system works - and we have the case results to prove it. Our attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for people injured in car accidents throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.
What are the most common types of car accidents?
There are many different types of car accidents. The most common car accidents include:
- Rear-end collisions
- Intersection crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run crashes
- Uninsured driver accidents
What are the main causes of car accidents?
Car accidents can happen for a lot of different reasons. Some of the main causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting and driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
Whatever the circumstances are of your case, your life can change instantly due to a car accident caused by someone else's reckless or negligent behavior.
How much is the average settlement for a car accident?
The amount of financial compensation you receive in a settlement or verdict will depend on your expenses, including: your medical bills, how much it costs to repair your vehicle, if you lost any income, and any other damages associated with your car accident.
There is no set dollar amount for how much your car accident is worth. You might receive a few hundred dollars, or you could be awarded millions of dollars. It all depends on the specific details of your case.
In most cases, the insurance adjuster for the driver who caused your car accident determines how much to offer you in a settlement. If you decide to take your case to court, a judge or jury will decide how much money to award you for your crash, unless a settlement is reached beforehand.
That's why it's critical that you have someone on your side who understands how the legal system works and who has experience obtaining maximum compensation for injury victims.
Can an insurance company tell you where to get your car fixed?
You can decide where your vehicle is repaired. The insurance company decides how much to pay for the repairs, and it may not be the same amount as the repair shop estimate.
Who pays storage fees after a car accident?
The insurance company for the person who caused the accident typically pays towing and storage costs, according to what is reasonable in your area. If your vehicle is declared a total loss, the insurance company usually pays to have it moved to a salvage or wrecking yard. If you do not allow the company to move your vehicle, you could be liable for any storage or towing fees.
What happens if my car gets totaled in an accident?
The insurance company liable for payment can decide your vehicle is not worth repairing, which means it has been totaled. If the cost of the labor and parts exceeds the market value of your vehicle, the company can declare it a "total loss" and pay you the market value for your car.
Market value is determined by the fair market value of similar vehicles in your area, or from an independent source, such as the Kelley Blue Book. If you want to keep the vehicle after it has been declared a total loss, you have to pay the salvage value to the insurance company.
You are still liable for any loans on your vehicle. If the fair market value of your vehicle is less than the outstanding loan, you are still required to pay the entire amount of the loan.
Who pays for a rental car after an accident?
If you want the insurance company to pay for a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired or replaced, payment depends on several factors. If you caused the accident, check to see if your insurance policy includes rental coverage. If another driver caused the accident, you can expect their insurance company to pay the costs of providing you with a rental vehicle.
The vehicle is a substitute for your own vehicle, that is, a vehicle of similar quality. Be sure to check with your own insurance company about insurance coverage on the rental vehicle.
Do I have to talk to the other driver's car insurance company?
No. If an employee for the other driver's insurance company contacts you, do not answer their questions. Even if the person's questions seem simple, be aware that anything you say can be used against you by the insurance company. As a result, you could receive significantly less in financial compensation or have your claim denied altogether.
You should politely decline to answer all questions and direct the insurance company to contact your attorney. We know all the tricks they play. We know what to say and how to help accident victims obtain maximum compensation.
Do I have to accept the first offer from an insurance company?
Use caution before you accept a settlement offer from the insurance company. Even if the offer seems reasonable, it might not come close to covering the true cost of your car accident. Insurance companies are infamous for making lowball offers immediately after a car accident, and once you've taken their offer, you can't sue for more damages if the cost turns out to be higher.
That's why we strongly suggest contacting us. A car accident lawyer can review your settlement offer with you and help you decide if you should accept it or demand more money.
How do I negotiate more money from a car accident claim?
As long as you haven't actually accepted a settlement yet, you can always negotiate for more money. Insurance companies don't want people to know that they have the right to ask for more compensation. That's why it's critical that you keep detailed and accurate records of all your accident-related expenses. You can also let an experienced car accident lawyer negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Most insurance companies simply hope that injury victims will accept whatever offer they receive after an accident. That's why it pays to contact our law firm to find out if it's worth asking for more compensation.
Can I sue an insurance company after my car accident?
In Massachusetts, you may be able to file a bad faith claim against an insurance company if they refuse to pay you fair compensation or deny your claim altogether. This is not applicable in Connecticut.
Sometimes, filing a lawsuit might make the most sense for getting the money you rightfully deserve. Just because you file a lawsuit does not automatically mean you'll receive the compensation you're entitled to, however. That's why it's critical to have an experienced car accident attorney on your side with actual courtroom experience who truly understands how the legal system works.
How long do you have to file a lawsuit after a car accident?
In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit or taking other legal action is two years from the date of your accident. In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations is three years.
That might seem like a long time, but building a strong legal case often takes a lot longer. The longer you wait to take legal action, the more difficult it becomes to find the facts you need to build a strong legal case. Without supporting evidence, you likely won't get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
What compensation can I receive after a car accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident that wasn't you fault, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Lost income
- Lost future income
- Future medical care
- Physical therapy
- Modifications to your home or vehicle if you sustain a permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship depending on the nature of your injury
You may be eligible for other damages as well, which is why you should contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.
Do I need a car accident lawyer?
While you are not legally required to hire an attorney, an experienced car accident lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf or represent you in the courtroom if you decide to file a lawsuit. Statistics show that the majority of those who hire a lawyer after a car accident get more financial compensation than those who don't.
When you have an experienced attorney on your side, your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Instead of simply accepting a lowball offer, you can demand more from the insurance company.
When you have a skilled lawyer on your side who knows how to investigate accidents and find the facts to build a strong legal case, you can focus on what's most important: your recovery.
In short, if you've been injured in a car accident, you probably need a car accident lawyer.
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How a car accident can change your life
A car accident can have a serious impact on your life. Immediately after an accident, you might need emergency medical care, including surgery, due to a serious car accident injury. That is only the beginning of what you might have to deal with after your crash.
After an accident, many of the issues you might face could include:
- Filing out confusing insurance claim forms
- Dealing with insurance company investigators
- Figuring out who pays your compensation
- Getting to doctor's appointments without a vehicle
- Suffering from pain caused by your crash
- Making modifications to your home due to permanent disability
- Figuring out how to pay your bills if you can't work
No matter what issues you're dealing with, no matter how serious or minor they might seem, make sure you take your case seriously right from the start. Make sure you contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation right now.
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How the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone and the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli can help
You might think you don't need a lawyer after your car accident. Another driver clearly did something to cause your crash. The accident report seems straightforward. And the other driver's insurance company might have even made a financial offer that seems reasonable at first glance.
Unfortunately, car accidents rarely turn out to be so simple. The other driver might deny doing anything wrong. The accident report might differ completely from what really happened. Insurance companies often do everything they can to deny or reduce accident claims.
We know how complicated car accidents can be in New England. We built our reputation on successfully protecting the rights of accident victims. We know what to do after an accident. That's why we want to meet with you and learn more about your accident. When you choose us to represent you, we'll give your case our full attention, including:
- Making sure the official police accident report includes your description of the accident
- Consulting with accident reconstructionists if necessary
- Challenging your doctor's diagnosis of your accident injury
- Negotiating with insurance companies for the best possible settlement
- Filing a lawsuit against an insurance company if your accident claim is denied or reduced
Don't underestimate the seriousness of your car accident. Even seemingly minor injuries from a rear-end crash or a distracted driver can develop into something very serious and extremely expensive. That's why we want to meet with you right away. Contact us 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 and schedule your free case evaluation.