Unfortunately, car accidents are still far too common in the United States. In 2018 alone, nearly 2,000,000 people were injured in car crashes, with over 1,300,000 of those injuries occurring when an inattentive driver collided with another vehicle. Of course, most of these injuries could have been avoided had the drivers paid attention to their surroundings, followed the law, and practiced basic safe driving principles, such as braking to avoid the vehicles in front of them.
Sadly, the story of a car accident followed by a low payout by an insurance company is also far too common.
After a car accident has occurred, insurance companies will often offer you the lowest possible amount of money they can that they believe you will accept. Usually, the offer includes only money to repair your vehicle and to reimburse you for any money spent on a rental car in the meantime. When the victim of an accident rightly pushes back against the insurance companies and seeks fair compensation, they are often met with accusations that the accident was their fault, or that they can’t prove any of their injuries, or that hiring an attorney will delay you from receiving the money for many months or years.
However, research has shown that those who were injured in a car accident and hired an attorney, on average, received a 40% higher settlement, compared with those who did not hire an attorney.
When dealing with an insurance company, it’s important to keep in mind that they have teams of lawyers and adjusters who begin evaluating your accident right away to analyze what the lowest amount they can pay you will be. Because of this, it is important that you level the playing field by hiring an attorney of your own to negotiate the best deal possible.
Once you have hired an attorney to represent you, they are able to handle all of the important tasks that are required to ensure you receive the largest compensation possible.
In general, your attorney will be able to do the following:
Our team has built a reputation for compassionate and fierce advocacy on behalf of our clients. If you or someone you know has been the victim of someone else’s poor driving, including both drivers and passengers of a vehicle, you can reach Kramer Law by calling a 802-257-2221 or using our quick and easy contact form. We are also conveniently located in downtown Brattleboro at 42 Park Place if you would prefer to stop by.
As our client, we will take care of all of the legal, privacy and insurance related issues surrounding your case so that you are able to recover and work towards a brighter and better future.
 U.S. Dept. of Trans., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Table 29, Crashes by First Harmful Event, Manner of Collision, and Crash Severity (available at https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/SASStoredProcess/guest). Over 37,000 people were killed in car crashes. Press Release, U.S. Dept. of Trans., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, USDOT Releases 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data, Oct. 6, 2017 (available at https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data); Quick Facts 2016, U.S. Dept. of Trans., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (available at https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data); U.S. Dept. of Trans., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report, Apr. 23, 2019 (available at https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/tsftables/tsfar.htm).