Today’s personal injury cases hinge on the at-fault party’s willingness to cooperate with you, their insurance carrier, and a personal injury lawyer. Unfortunately, a party that doesn’t want to assume financial responsibility for their negligence may attempt to avoid their duty to you by refusing to contact their insurance company.
You can’t force a person to reach out to their insurance company after an accident, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck, either. You can work with a car accident attorney in Nebraska or Iowa to contact the defendant’s insurance provider and initiate legal proceedings that may help you financially recover from your accident.
How to Respond to an At-Fault Driver’s Refusal to Contact an Insurance Provider
Uncooperative defendants can leave you in the lurch after a car accident. If these parties don’t communicate with their insurance carriers after an accident, that carrier may struggle to understand what happened and may even deny the claim entirely. How can you move your case forward when the other party refuses to cooperate? We recommend that you:
Call on an Attorney for Support
It’s never a good idea to reach out to the liable party’s insurance carrier without an attorney on hand.
Our car accident attorneys in Nebraska and Iowa can ensure that your conversations with an insurance provider are as straightforward and rights-preserving as possible. We can specifically help gather evidence of a liable party’s fault, handle your paperwork, value your damages, and represent you in either negotiations or a car crash trial.
Prove Fault With Verifiable Evidence
What evidence can we bring forward to prove fault? That depends on the nature of your accident as well as where said accident took place. For example, If you got into a crash on a back road, there may not be video footage of the wreck. Intersection accidents, comparatively, may have photos and video footage.
Our attorneys can investigate the accident scene and surrounding areas for a variety of evidence that can, in turn, lend itself to your case. This evidence can include the following:
- Statements from bystanders
- Expert witness testimony
- Cell phone data
- Black box data, if appropriate
We do more than bring this evidence to a car insurance carrier’s attention. We compose an analysis of the evidence that elaborates on a liable party’s fault.
Establish the Value of Your Car Accident Damages
The evidence of fault that you include in your claim t can also help establish the dollar value behind your losses. You must present an insurance carrier with a record of your accident-related losses if you want to be compensated appropriately.
Our team can help you catalog your losses into economic and non-economic categories before establishing each loss’s dollar value. The losses that most of today’s car accident cases allow you to request can include the following:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Lost property
- Property repairs
- Post-accident medical care
- Lost wages or opportunities for future employment
How to Communicate the Value of Your Losses With a Liable Party’s Insurance Provider
As mentioned, it’s in your best interest to let an attorney communicate with a liable party’s insurance carrier on your behalf. That said, there are times when negotiations can only carry you so far. If an adjuster refuses to offer the settlement you deserve, you can file a lawsuit against the liable party.
These lawsuits require you to undergo discovery before your car accident lawyer can present your case at trial. This process can prove lengthy, taking several months and even years to resolve. Fortunately, our attorneys are courtroom-tested and prepared to go to bat for you.
You can discuss the expected path for your post-accident recovery with our car accident lawyers during an initial case consultation.
File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Both Iowa and Nebraska limit the amount of time in which you can bring your claim forward. If your accident occurred in Iowa, Iowa Code §614.1(2) gives you up to two years to act. Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 25-207 gives you four years, by comparison. Keep in mind that there may be specific circumstances that alter these deadlines.
You can discuss the applicable deadlines and the need to file a personal injury claim with our attorneys. Berry Law offers free case consultations and lets you dictate how you want to move forward.
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Berry Law Can Advocate for Your Right to Post-Accident Recovery
After a collision, you can learn more about your post-accident rights by contacting our car accident lawyers in Nebraska and Iowa. We’re available to schedule your initial case consultation by phone or through Berry Law’s virtual portal. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can advocate for your right to compensation.