Auto defect accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. If you have been injured in an auto defect accident, you may wonder if you are eligible to receive compensation.
This blog post will discuss six things you should do before claiming compensation for an auto defect accident.
Get an Experienced Attorney
First and foremost, you must get an experienced attorney familiar with auto defect cases. Your attorney will be able to guide you through the process and help you get the compensation that you deserve. When you are involved in an accident caused by an auto defect, you will likely have to deal with coverage companies and other parties who may be resistant to paying out compensation. An experienced attorney will know how to deal with these parties and get you the compensation you deserve.
Know the Statute of Limitations
Knowing the statute of limitations for auto defect cases in your state is essential. In most states, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. You have two years from the accident date to file a compensation claim. If you do not file a claim within this time frame, you will likely be barred from doing so.
Prove the Defect Caused the Accident
To receive compensation, you will need to prove that the auto defect caused the accident. This can be done by showing that the defect was the cause of the accident and that the accident would not have occurred if the defect had not been present. You will need to gather evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, eyewitness testimony, and expert testimony.
Show that You Suffered Injuries or Damages
You must show that you suffered injuries or damages due to the accident. This may include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. You will need to provide evidence to support your claim. This may include medical records, bills, and pay stubs.
Seek Compensation for All of Your Losses
You should seek compensation for all your losses, including economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages have a specific monetary value, such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify but may include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damage.
Be Prepared to Negotiate
Once you have gathered all of the necessary evidence and information, you should be prepared to negotiate with the coverage company. It is crucial to keep in mind that coverage companies are not required to give you a fair settlement. They will likely try to lowball you to save money. You mustn’t accept the first offer that they give you. Instead, you should counter their offer and continue negotiating until you reach a fair agreement.
These are just a few things you should know before claiming compensation for an auto defect accident. If you have been involved in such an accident, you must contact an experienced attorney who can help you through the process.