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Kansas Auto Accidents – Filing a Third-Party Vehicle Damage Claim

Physical health and safety are the most important things to consider after an automobile accident has occurred. Automobiles are replaceable, but people are not. Therefore, whether or not your car may be drivable after an auto accident should be the least of your worries. After you have recovered from your injuries, you can then start to think about what happens with your damaged or totaled vehicle. Most auto accident cases address personal injuries that are suffered as a result of a driver’s negligent conduct. However, in addition to personal injury lawsuits, people may file a third-party claim against the negligent driver, and such claim is defended by the negligent driver’s insurance carrier.

After the Automobile Accident

After you have been involved in an automobile accident, you will likely be in close communications with both your automobile insurance carrier, and another driver’s insurance carrier. If you have suffered injuries as a result of the accident, you may file a personal injury lawsuit against the allegedly negligent driver. In addition to this lawsuit, you may seek to recover the costs of repairs made to your car, but this particular claim is completely separate from any personal injury lawsuit. In order to seek compensation for vehicle damage, you will need to file a third-party claim against the allegedly negligent driver. As with personal injury actions, the other driver’s automobile insurance carrier will be defending any claim filed against the driver.

You will need to get at least one repair estimate that calculates what the total cost would be to fix your vehicle. While you are not required to get more than one estimate, it is advisable that you obtain at least two or three estimates simply for comparison. You will then need to provide the estimate or estimates to the other driver’s insurance adjuster. If the other driver was truly at fault for the accident that caused your vehicle damage, the insurance company is likely to offer you a particular amount to settle the claim. Further, the insurance company does have a right to inspect your vehicle for the damage and/or get its own estimate for how much repairs will cost.

As with many things in life, you may not be happy with the compensation that is offered to you for purposes of repairing your car. You may negotiate with the other driver’s insurance adjuster to determine what a fair settlement amount is. In such cases, you should consider having a Kansas auto accident attorney standing by your side to help you through the negotiation process. With the help of a qualified Kansas auto accident attorney, you are less likely to be taken advantage of by the insurance adjuster during the negotiation and settlement process.

Contact Kansas Auto Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

 If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident, and you believe you may be entitled to compensation either for the injuries you have suffered, or to cover the cost to repair or replace your vehicle, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Not all auto accidents are treated alike, and each potential case deserves the attention of an attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your potential claim. With more than 27 years of experience, Kansas auto accident attorney Michael R. Lawless has devoted his practice to helping his clients receive the compensation they deserve for the harms they have suffered. If you would like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential case, please contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

Kansas Trucking Accidents – The “Black Box” Event Data Recorder

Trucking accident cases can be much more difficult to resolve than your ordinary auto accident. With trucking accidents, the truck driver involved is typically working in the course of his or her employment at the time an accident occurs. Therefore, if you have been injured because of a truck driver’s negligent conduct, you will likely be dealing with not only the truck driver, but also the truck driver’s employer. Further, trucking accident cases can be difficult because there are so many different variables to take into consideration. Because such cases can be complicated, it is imperative that you speak with a Kansas trucking accident attorney right away, as an attorney can quickly seek to recover all of the key evidence and other information that is important for your potential trucking accident claim.

What is the “Black Box” Event Data Recorder?  

Many people have heard the term “black box” and the relation of black box recorders to aircraft. Along with aircraft, most commercial semi-trucks or tractor trailers have what’s called an Event Data Recorder (EDR) present on the truck to gather and track key information that may be extremely helpful when determining the cause of any given trucking accident. This device is able to gather data that can help your attorney determine what happened before, during, and after the trucking accident that caused your injuries. For example, if certain trucking equipment was not working properly at the time of an accident, the black box device may be able to shed light on what caused the malfunction.

The black box device may also provide information on the truck driver’s driving patterns, as to a change in speed, when the truck driver used his or her brakes, and even how long the truck driver had been driving. The amount of information available from a small device can be immensely helpful in resolving your potential trucking accident claim. For example, if you suspect the truck driver may have fallen asleep prior to colliding with you, the truck’s black box recorder may reveal that the truck driver failed to use his or her brakes prior to the collision, and these two pieces of information can help to prove that the truck driver negligently caused the accident.

Because information extracted from the black box recorder is so crucial, it is imperative that you act quickly to consult with a Kansas trucking accident attorney. There is always the risk that evidence may be lost or destroyed following a trucking accident. Therefore, your attorney may not be able to recover the black box recorder, and use information gathered from the recorder to support your trucking accident claim. As such, the sooner you are able to speak with a Kansas trucking accident attorney, the sooner you will be able to seek resolution of your trucking accident case. 

Contact Kansas Trucking Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, it is essential that you consult with a Kansas trucking accident attorney right away, as you may be entitled to compensation. Trucking accidents can have devastating consequences, leaving you permanently injured, and changing your life forever. You may no longer be able to work due to the injuries you suffered from a trucking accident. Kansas trucking accident attorney Michael R. Lawless has spent more than 27 years helping injured victims receive the compensation they deserve from suffering life-altering injuries. To speak with Michael Lawless regarding your potential trucking accident claim, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.