If you were injured in a car accident and are pursuing a claim, you’ve probably spent a significant amount of time wondering how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure when your claim will end. However, there are different elements of a collision you can evaluate to get an idea of the potential length of your claim: The type and severity of your injuries, liability, your insurance, and the other driver.
What Kind of Injuries Did You Sustain in the Collision?
Car accident victims who sustain severe injuries can generally expect their claims to take longer. Depending on your case, it may be best to wait until you reach maximum medical improvement and determine the full cost of damages before resolving the case. If an injury is expected to be untreatable or last for an extended period of time, waiting for maximum medical improvement may not be plausible. However, these claims can still take time while the insurance company attempts to determine the full cost of current and future damages.
At-Fault vs. No-Fault States
The typical length of car accident claims differs in at-fault states and no-fault states. In general, claims in at-fault state take longer because victims need to negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company in order to recover compensation. At-fault claims can potentially be even longer because the case may go to trial. The length of a claim will depend on the cooperation of the other driver and their insurance company. If a third party is liable as well, your claim may take even longer.
Although car accident claims are usually quicker in no-fault states, those claims can lengthen if your own insurance company is not cooperating. You may need to be involved in an extended claim if they are not offering the compensation you deserve.
These factors can influence the length of your car accident claim, but every case is different. Again, it is not possible to accurately predict how long your claim will take to resolve but evaluating your case can provide some insight.
Contact Troy Law Firm PLLC to discuss your motor vehicle accident case. Attorney Mark Troy can analyze the details of your case and guide you through every step of your claim.
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