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Can You Settle Your Own Car Accident Claim?By Pyle Law, June 22 2020 10:36 am
Car accidents can be complicated. Many people involved in them prefer to put themselves on auto-pilot and let their insurance company handle their entire claim. They are willing to accept whatever insurance company will give them for their claim. After all, this seems like the least complicated way to settle the matter. They may even attempt to haggle a bit if they don’t feel like the settlement amount offered by the insurance company is quite enough.
You can certainly attempt to settle your car accident claim on your own. However, the path that appears easy may actually be more difficult and less productive. When you hire an experienced Kansas car accident attorney, they can handle the insurance companies and settlements while you focus on healing.
The benefits of having a Kansas car accident attorney are numerous. First, an attorney can tell you if you have a valid legal claim worth pursuing. You do not want to put forth the time, effort, or financial investment into filing a claim if it simply isn’t worth it.
Attorneys are also familiar with the time limits for filing a car accident claim. Under Kansas Statutes section 60-513, car accident victims have two years from the date of their accident to take legal action. Missing this deadline can render your claim worthless.
Your Kansas car accident lawyer is familiar with the tactics that insurance companies use to pay as little as possible for car accident claims. As such, they know how to refute these tactics aggressively. Your lawyer should also be well-versed in investigating the facts of the accident, gathering evidence, and speaking to witnesses. These steps can take quite a bit of time and research for a layperson.
Having settled and litigated many cases, your attorney also has a reliable estimate of how much your case is really worth. In fact, plaintiffs who hire an attorney typically receive higher settlements than those who do not. Without the help of an attorney, you might not realize all of your damages and could be settling for much less than what you might receive with their representation. Your attorney will know when it is time to settle and when your case could be pursued in court for a higher dollar amount.
You are free to handle your car accident claim on your own. However, it may not be the right choice for you or your situation. If you cannot answer yes to all of the above questions, it is time to meet with a knowledgeable attorney about your car accident. With an aggressive advocate on your side, your claim will be more successful, and you could have less stress. To schedule your free case consultation with a Kansas car accident attorney at Pyle Law, call 620-374-9299 or use our online contact form.