From minor to fatal crashes, thousands of car accidents are reported in Ohio each year. While some of these accidents lead to lawsuits, a considerable number are settled out of court. If you are hurt in a car accident that is not your fault, you may have questions regarding how best you can settle the matter without going to court.
Whereas no two car crashes are the same, taking certain steps can ensure that your car accident claim is satisfactorily settled out of court and that you receive the compensation you deserve for the resulting damages.
But first, why would you want to settle your car accident claim out of court?
Whereas taking your personal injury claim to court comes with certain benefits like allowing the jury to review and determine fault, the fact is that each car accident claim is unique. Here are some of the reasons why you may opt to settle your car accident claim out of court:
- Faster resolution of your claim
- It’s free from unpredictable jury decisions
- Reduced costs
Generally, the decision to resolve your car accident claim out of court depends on the other party’s willingness to take this route as well. That said, here are two steps that can successfully help you settle your car accident claim out of court.
Initiate the settlement negotiation by writing a demand letter – Armed with enough evidence (such as your damages like medical bills, doctor report and police report), draft and present a demand letter to the liable party. Be sure to provide as much information concerning the liability as possible.
Engage a professional mediator – It’s not uncommon for a car accident settlement negotiation to fail, forcing the injury victim to head to court. To avoid this, you may consider engaging a professional mediator. An experienced mediator can offer fresh insight into the matter and ensure that you receive the settlement you deserve.
Yes, you can mediate and settle your car accident claim out of court. Understanding how Ohio car accident claims work, as well as applicable personal injury laws, can help you safeguard your rights and interests while settling your car accident claim out of court.