It is estimated that more than six million car accidents happen each year in the United States of America. Of those accidents, about three million people will suffer injury, and slightly more than 42,000 will die. Auto accidents happen every day. However, regardless of how common accidents are, handling the results of a auto or motorcycle accident can be anything but simple or routine.
The first important thing for you to understand is that as a victim of an auto accident you are entitled by Law to be compensated for your damages and injuries. This includes, but is not limited to, the damage to your vehicle and property as well as the injuries to your body or those with you. An auto accident not only includes accidents involving cars but also buses, motorcycles, vans and the like. If you are injured due to another driver’s mistake, carelessness, negligence or recklessness, then you may be entitled to monetary recovery for your losses. For the injury to your body, this can include money to cover medical bills, past and future wages that are lost, and compensation for the suffering that you have endured. For the damage to your property, this can include money to cover the repair of your vehicle, replacing your vehicle or replacing your items of property damaged or destroyed in the accident.
A common attitude following an accident is that you are not one of ‘those people’ who need an attorney to handle their auto accident. Unfortunately, sticking with this attitude can cost you big! Insurance companies are not eager to pay victims of an automobile accident all the money they are entitled to. After all, why would they be? Insurance companies regularly delay handling auto accident claims, deny the auto accident claim outright, or grossly underpay victims of auto accidents. In doing so, they are looking out for the insurance company and are making a profit at your expense.
One of the most common reasons that individuals fail to hire legal representation in a motor-vehicle accident is that they don’t want to seem greedy. This is most frequently seen in minor accidents. An important thing to remember is that when you make a claim after an auto-accident, you are making an insurance claim. In all likelihood, you will never see the other involved person again, nor they you. Instead, all of the papers and procedures go through insurance companies. And paying the medical bills necessary for you to regain health, and the property bills necessary to restore your property, is exactly the reason that other driver was carrying insurance. Your failure to insist that their insurance company pay you the amount you are entitled to in no way benefits the other driver. All you are doing is hurting yourself.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, please do not hesitate to call the attorneys at Northland Injury Law at 816-400-4878. An experienced attorney will be happy to provide you with a free consultation so that you can assess your options.