- April 25, 2012
- In orange County Personal Injury
The calculations that go into evaluating your auto accident or personal injury claim can be complicated and difficult to understand. An Irvine personal injury attorney can help you understand the process and how your case will be evaluated by the claims adjuster.
Collision Damage to Your Vehicle
Collision damage is a crucial factor in any auto accident claim. In some cases, the damage to the automobile is minimal. Bumpers are designed to be far more effective at absorbing damage today than they were in the 1960s and ’70s. Unfortunately, this means that providing evidence of substantial collision damage to your car may be more difficult, and the jury might not be easily swayed by your claims if it appears your car did not suffer any serious damage. If your car only has a bumper scratch or fender damage, the jury will wonder about the true extent of your injury.
On the other hand, if your vehicle looks like it suffered major damage, it is less difficult to convince the jury that you suffered injuries as a result of the crash. It is extremely important to get pictures of all of the vehicles involved in the collision. Even evidence of damage to the defendant’s vehicle may prove useful in convincing the insurance adjuster that you also sustained more than minimal injuries.
Another factor the insurance company and attorneys will look at when evaluating your case is, to be blunt, you. Your likeability to the jury will be something for them to consider whether or not to settle or take the case to a jury, or whether or not your attorney wants to represent you. What kind of person are you? Will your Irvine personal injury attorney be OK sitting next to you and representing you, or will you make the case more difficult? If the jury is not likely to be sympathetic to you, it may be better to take a settlement offer.
The type of defendant in your case is also important. Some are just average defendants who made a mistake, but some are obviously bad defendants: drunk drivers, tire squealers, bartenders who didn’t bother to notice when a patron got too intoxicated. If your defendant is hard to defend, your settlement range may go up.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of another’s carelessness, you deserve compensation. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case that the law allows. Contact experienced Irvine personal injury attorney Samer Habbas. Call (888) 848-5084 for a free initial consultation.
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