From minor incidents to serious collisions, thousands of car accidents are reported on U.S. roads every single day. While some of these lead to lawsuits, a significant number of car accident claims are settled outside of the courtroom.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might want to consider settling your claim out of court too. However, since no two accident claims are alike, it is important that you weigh how both options will impact your case before making up your mind.
Settling a car accident claim out of court
There are several reasons why you may want to settle your car accident claim out of court. These might include the desire to want a quick settlement so you can move on with your life, the desire to avoid a publicised litigation or the hope to save money on legal fees.
The challenge with settling the matter quickly is that you might not be certain about the extent of your injuries. Once you reach a settlement, you may not be able to reopen the matter if it becomes apparent that your injuries require long-term care and that the compensation you received is not sufficient.
That said, you can still settle a car accident claim out of court so long as you are certain that you will receive appropriate compensation for your damages. This is especially crucial if you fear that your contribution to the accident might be greater than 50 percent per Nevada’s modified comparative negligence laws.
Settling your car accident claim in court
In some instances, however, the defendant’s insurance company can give a very low offer, thus, justifying the need to take the matter to court. If you have a strong case against the other party, it makes sense to take the matter to court.
If you sustain injuries in a car accident that is not your fault, you may need to explore your legal options before deciding the best cause of action.