How a Lawyer Can Help with a Car Accident Claim
On behalf of Linley Welwood LLP posted in Car accidents on Thursday March 21, 2019
Knowing how a lawyer can help with a car accident claim can help you determine if hiring a lawyer is in your best interest. At Linley Welwood, we understand how challenging some car accident claims can be. That is why our team of highly trained and experienced car accident lawyers are equipped to handle even the most complex claims.
How Can a Lawyer Help with a Car Accident Claim?
While many car accident victims are eligible to receive compensation to help cover lost income, medical expenses, and car repairs, most people often end up taking a settlement that is substantially less than they deserve. A car accident lawyer will be able to help with your car accident claim by:
Investigating the Accident’s Contributing Factors
An experienced car accident lawyer will investigate all of the potential contributing factors that led to your car accident. While you may think that the cause of the accident is cut and dry, there may be other factors—driver distractions, poor road conditions, vehicle malfunction, etc.—that may have also contributed to the accident.
Obtaining Necessary Evidence of Liability
In order to properly prepare for your ICBC case, your lawyer will help you obtain all of the evidence needed to prove liability. Even though you may have already taken photos of the accident scene, your lawyer will make sure to get all of the accident reports and will often take the time to talk to the police and witnesses.
Negotiating with ICBC
ICBC’s main interest in any car accident claim is to minimize the amount it has to pay out. This means that ICBC’s initial settlement offer will most likely be far less than your claim is actually worth. A highly experienced lawyer will be able to help with the negotiation, as they will know how to request damages beyond medical bills and vehicle repair costs and will attempt to include damages for pain and suffering, as well as loss of income.
Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
In the event that you are unable to settle your car accident claim with ICBC, your lawyer will be able to file a lawsuit against the insurance company and take your case to court. Since car accident cases can be contentious and will be decided based on the strength of the legal arguments made, it is important to hire a lawyer with trial experience to handle your case.
If you would like to learn more about how a lawyer can help with a car accident claim, or if you are interested in our legal services for car accidents, please contact Linley Welwood at 604-850-6640 or by filling out a contact form on our website.
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