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.