Car accidents often leave victims injured, disabled, and in a huge financial crisis.
The expenses of a motor vehicle accident are immediate and ongoing. A car accident victim may be faced with immediate medical expenses and vehicle and property damage. In addition, there are costs associated with a victim’s inability to work and a victim may struggle with pain and suffering from living with injuries. For these reasons, any victim of a car accident will want their car accident claim to be processed without any delays. Unfortunately, getting rightful compensation in a car accident can take much longer than expected. In this post, we will discuss some factors that could delay the outcome of a car accident claim.
The Victim Is Not Willing to Settle
While car accident victims often need funds immediately to pay for their expenses, settling the case before all the facts are compiled is common. However, settling the case too soon can leave you with a much smaller settlement amount than what you should receive. Insurance companies have offered as low as 5-10 percent of the actual value of a claim in the initial stages of the case.
Difficulty in Proving Liability
Proving liability may not be as simple and straightforward as it may seem. If the at-fault driver admits fault or impartial witnesses testify to events, a swift resolution may be reached. However, in cases where liability is hard to prove, insurance companies are less like to offer a favorable settlement until the victim has filed a lawsuit and obtained expert testimony. These steps are time consuming and prolong the case.
Difficulty in Proving Expenses
The victim needs to provide evidence to prove both liability and expenses. He or she needs to prove that medical expenses or property damage are a direct result of the car accident. If the medical records or the origins of the property damage are not clear, proving expenses could become difficult.