Auto Accident Settlement Timeline and Process in Maine

auto accident settlement timeline and processNo one starts their day expecting to get in a car accident. However, thousands of Americans suffer injuries in car accidents every day.

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, the state saw 167,485 car crashes between 2016 and 2020.

When another driver causes an accident that results in your injuries, they may be liable for the financial harm you suffered due to their conduct.

In most cases, the responsible driver’s insurance company pays you a car accident settlement to compensate you for your damages. But how does a car accident settlement work? 

A qualified personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the opposing party on your behalf and ensure your settlement offer covers all your damages.

Contact an attorney at Mann Law today so we can start reviewing your case.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

First and foremost, you should seek medical treatment immediately after a car accident.

Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should get a full medical evaluation. These medical records can offer valuable evidence to prove the extent of your injuries. 

If another party does not contact the police after your accident, you should contact them to report the collision.

Law enforcement authorities who respond to the accident will generate a car accident reports that lists essential information about the collision, including:

  • Names, contact information, and insurance providers of involved parties;
  • Officers’ impressions of who caused the crash; and
  • Information about the setting of the accident.

While an accident report is not absolute proof of responsibility for an accident, it can help you bolster your case to the insurance company and secure a larger settlement offer.

Starting the Car Accident Settlement Process

The vast majority of car accident claims end in a settlement rather than a trial. A trial is very costly and can drag on for several years.

The costs of a trial can easily reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. A settlement, on the other hand, ends the claim immediately by providing the victim with a sum of money to compensate them for their damages.

You can probably see why large insurance companies prefer to settle car accident claims instead of taking each one to trial.

The easiest way to initiate the settlement process is by consulting with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you file a claim with the opposing party’s insurance company to begin the negotiations.

How Do Car Accident Settlements Work?

Before you agree to a settlement, you may want to know, How does a car accident settlement work?

The settlement aims to compensate you for the losses that you suffered in the accident, such as:

  • Medical costs,
  • Repair costs,
  • Lost wages, and
  • Loss of future earning capacity.

No two car accident claims are the same, so we cannot accurately estimate the value of your claim without reviewing your case.

Our team at Mann Law can help calculate the value of your accident claim based on the financial harm you suffered due to the collision.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer at Mann Law to Discuss Your Case

At Mann Law, we will not treat your case as just another number.

Our attorneys offer personalized service to each of our clients and will fight tooth and nail to secure the settlements they deserve.

With experience as in-house counsel for an insurance company, our founding attorney Christiana Mann possesses unique insight when negotiating the best possible settlement for her clients.

We are passionate about representing the interests of our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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Christiana E. Mann Christiana “Chrissy” Mann has specialized in civil litigation for 21+ years as a savvy and creative litigator, and she’s regarded as a fair, compassionate, and zealous advocate on behalf of her clients.