There is no average settlement for T-bone car accidents. When considering how much you could recover from an insurance claim or lawsuit, the specific losses you suffer determine the award you may walk away with.
How We Determine Your Ideal Settlement Figure
You will need to assign a value to every single loss you suffered because of your T-bone accident. Then, you need to add these values together. Some damages can be easier than others to evaluate.
You might have suffered the following losses:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future medical bills, like doctor’s visits, surgeries, prescriptions, hospital stays, the ambulance ride, and treatments
- Mobility aid rental or purchase
- Past and future mental anguish, like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Past lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Car repair bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can decide on a figure you could aim for when fighting for damages. This task can feel overwhelming, but you do not have to do it alone. You could hire a lawyer familiar with this process (and with T-bone accident law) to accomplish it for you.
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How You Could Benefit from a Lawyer’s Help
You might not know what to do in your situation. A lawyer that handles T-bone cases can:
- Assign a value to your losses
- Write a demand letter to the insurance company listing your losses and goal settlement figure
- Compile evidence proving fault and liability
- Keep you aware of any case developments
- Inform you of your options
- Communicate with the other party’s lawyer and the insurance company
- Protect your rights
- File a lawsuit in accordance with NRS §11.190(4)(e), if the need arises
- Stand by you in court and argue your case
Hiring a lawyer with our firm also allows you to relax and let your body heal so that you can return to your normal life as smoothly as possible. A legal case can quickly take up a lot of time and space in your routine.
Who Could Be Responsible for Your Losses?
Several parties could have caused your accident. The primary source for negligence is often a driver, as affirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).
The other driver could have caused your T-bone accident by:
- Driving while tired
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving distracted (including texting while driving)
- Disregarding and ignoring traffic signals
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) states that most accidents occur at intersections. This presents the possibility that the municipality responsible for maintaining the traffic lights is responsible for your accident. You could file a lawsuit against the city for failing to fix a traffic light that was out.
Additionally, you and your lawyer could hunt down documents that affirm when you last got your car repaired. This could confirm that a mechanic failed to service your brake lines in a timely manner. Your vehicle could have a recall on it as well. You have to look at your accident from all angles to find all negligent and liable parties.
How to Protect Your Claim for Compensation
You could do some things while preparing to fight for a settlement.
Let Your Lawyer Handle the Insurance Company
For starters, do not speak to the insurance company. Direct them to your lawyer. Adjusters may take statements out of context and assume that claimants are admitting fault. Do not accept a settlement without speaking with your lawyer.
Your team can inform you if the settlement offer is fair. You might have suffered losses you have not currently considered. Also, you have to make sure you account for expected future accident-related expenses. These might include treatment costs, long-term prescriptions, and psychological and physical therapy.
Listen to Your Medical Team
Make sure you take all prescribed medications and follow your doctor’s recommendations for exercises and wound care. This will:
- Ensure you heal and achieve maximum medical improvement
- Protect you from claims that you do not care enough about your injuries to do all you can to heal
- Protect you if the insurance company says that you don’t deserve compensation as a result
Write about Your Injuries and How Your Life Has Changed Due to the Accident
If you keep a diary or journal about how the accident affected you, your testimony cannot become twisted or confused. You will be less likely to forget details if you note any relevant subjects or memories as soon as possible. Your team can use this journal in their argument for damages.
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Begin Your Fight for a Financial Award with the Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson
Our team is ready to look at your losses to determine what you might be eligible to receive in damages. There is no average settlement for T-bone accidents, but we can help you establish a goal figure for your settlement. Call Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333 today.