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5 FAQ about car accident settlement negotiations

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be a daunting experience, especially when it involves personal injury.

In such cases, settlement negotiations play a pivotal role in resolving disputes and determining compensation. For most people, it also comes with many questions.

1. How do settlement negotiations begin?

Settlement negotiations typically commence after the injured party files a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The insurance adjuster then investigates the claim and assesses the damages and liability. Once this assessment is complete, negotiations can begin.

2. What factors influence settlement negotiations?

Various factors impact the settlement negotiations, including the severity of injuries, medical expenses, property damage and lost income. Liability and the strength of evidence also play a role in determining the settlement amount.

3. How are settlement amounts determined?

The determination of settlement includes factoring in the medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other relevant damages. Negotiations involve back-and-forth offers and counteroffers until reaching an agreement.

4. Can the injured party reject a settlement offer?

Yes, the injured party has the right to accept or reject any settlement offer. If the offer is too low, they can counter with a higher amount or choose to proceed to trial if unable to reach a satisfactory agreement.

5. What happens if negotiations fail?

If negotiations fail to yield a settlement, the case may proceed to trial, where a judge or jury will determine the outcome. Going to trial can be expensive and time-consuming, making settlement negotiations an attractive option for both parties.

In 2022, New Jersey had 649 crashes and 694 fatalities, leaving a lasting impact on the people involved. If injured in an accident, negotiations help ensure that any long-term consequences also get factor into the settlement.