Madison Auto Accident Lawyer
Here at Douglas & Douglas, we believe that victims of traffic collisions deserve a greater sense of justice than seeing the negligent driver being slapped with a small fine and a few points on their license. More than that, we believe that victims deserve a level of financial compensation greater than the cost to simply fix their car. Our Madison auto accident lawyer can help you get back on your feet, and ensure that your financial future is not put in jeopardy because of another’s careless or reckless driving.
Damages in a Madison Auto Accident Case
Traffic collisions cost the U.S. around $900 billion annually, according to PBS, which is around the budget of the entire Social Security program. While vast, this number does not take into account the lost value of life, pain and suffering, and emotional distress—all of which are difficult to calculate. These non-economic costs are often the largest aspect of a personal injury claim, and require diligent legal work to justify in order for the victim’s fair compensation. Total damages of an auto collision may include:
- Medical costs;
- Future medical expense needs;
- Lost earnings and earning ability due to disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Emotional distress;
- Property damage; and
How Comparative Negligence Could Reduce Your Claim’s Value
Under the legal doctrine of comparative negligence, the degree of your fault impacts what the other party owes you. If you are 10 percent at fault, you can only collect 90 percent of your total damages. If you are 30 percent at fault, you can only receive 70 percent of your total damages. As such, it is critical to reduce, or eliminate, any degree of shared fault. The other party and their insurance company will do all that they can to place some degree of blame on you, which is why you need an attorney on your side, presenting the facts and evidence of the crash to ensure that the truth is upheld.
How an Attorney Can Help
The average comprehensive cost, which takes into account lost value of life as well as tangible financial expenses, of a disabling motor vehicle injury, according to the National Safety Council, is over $1.2 million. While this is much larger than the average auto accident settlement or verdict award—in part because most people do not have insurance policies this high—it does show what is at stake. Your case is most likely worth a lot more than you realize, and the other party’s insurance company hopes that you stay in the dark regarding what the insured actually owes you. Insurance companies use every tactic at their disposal to reduce the value of your claim, delay payment, and even blame you for causing the collision. As such, if you negotiate directly with an insurer you will be steamrolled, and will end up with far less than you deserve. If you are represented by a respected attorney, on the other hand, you stand a much better chance at receiving full compensation.
Contact Our Madison Auto Accident Attorneys
If you were injured, you deserve fair compensation. An attorney can take on the heavy legal burden that would otherwise fall on your shoulders, at a time when you need to focus on your physical and psychological recovery and well-being. Our Madison auto accident attorneys at Douglas & Douglas can help you today. Call 904-201-8226 to schedule a free consultation.