What is my car accident claim worth?

negotiating a car accident settlementThere is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question because every situation is different. However, an experienced car accident attorney will know how to put a value on your damages and can help you negotiate compensation with the insurance company.

Factors That Matter With Your Car Accident Claim

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may take legal action to get the compensation you deserve for the damages you have suffered. This usually includes both economic and noneconomic damages. The factors that will influence the amount of your claim include the following:

  • The severity of your injuries and the treatment required. If you are permanently disabled, this will impact the damages to which you are entitled.
  • The wages you lost. This will include the work you’ve missed because of your injuries as well as potential wages you may not earn if you cannot return to work in the future. 
  • The at-fault driver’s insurance limits. It can be difficult to collect more than the policy limits unless the driver has significant personal assets.
  • Whether you are partially at fault for the accident. Alaska uses the comparative negligence rule, which means that whatever your percentage of responsibility was for the accident, your damages will be reduced to reflect that.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded. This can happen in cases where the at-fault driver behaved recklessly or outrageously. If punitive damages are deemed to be appropriate in your case, there will be a separate court proceeding where they will weigh several factors. These include whether or not the defendant was aware their actions could cause serious harm and their attitude or behavior following the accident.

You Need an Alaska Car Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need legal representation to help you get the maximum damages. Even if you are partially responsible for the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. For more information on protecting your rights and navigating the complexities of your claim, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by using the form on this page.