Types of Damages in Car Accident Claims


We never know when accidents, more so car accidents, will occur, so we should be well prepared if it happens. Car accident and personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for car accident injuries, and any personal property damaged during a car accident. The settlement should help cover for financial and non-financial problems which resulted from a car accidents.

You should consider hiring car accident lawyers in Bakersfield for legal advice on how to approach the process of pursuing justice. Car accident lawyers gather crucial facts to establish a strong case against defendants, particularly insurance companies, to honor legitimate liabilities.

Damages for Car Accident Claims

A car accident claim case can have two types of damages in Bakersfield, including damages for physical injuries and personal property.

For personal property damaged during the accident, the following expenses should be reimbursed:

Car Repair Costs

Car repair costs represent the amount of money the accident victim spends to repair their car. The final award should factor in all money spent on the car plus all incidental costs related to the repair.

Personal Property

Here, proof of the damaged property is key for a successful claim. Personal property may range from a personal computer (PC), portable radio, small machinery, and any property that was in the car at the time of the accident.

Car Hire Expenses

Naturally, most people will rent a car to help them carry on with their daily activities after an accident. This should be paid for by the insurance company which should provide a car, or, more commonly, reimburse you for the amount spent to rent a car.

Incidental Expenses

Any unplanned expenses caused by an accident should be covered in the final settlement. For instance, you may be forced to spend the night in a lodging due to delays caused by the accident. Such expenses should be covered by the defendant or their insurer.

What to Do After a Car Accident

The first thing you should do is seek medical help in case of injuries. While at the scene of the accident, you can note down or collect any data that may be used as evidence against the defendant. The following data should be collected if possible:

  • Cause of the accident.
  • Details of all parties involved.
  • Insurance details of other parties involved.
  • Take a photo of the other driver’s license plate.
  • Eyewitness accounts.
  • Personal property lost or damaged.
  • Any interference with the accident scene.
  • Location of the accident.
  • Car and personal property damage, including photographic evidence if possible.

Illegitimate Car Accident Claims

Insurance companies will try to sway the course of justice by doing everything in their power to either delay, deny, or avoid genuine claims altogether. Their sole goal is to maximize profits by maximizing the number of dishonored claims. Fortunately, car accident lawyers can be helpful at such times by providing all the legal help you may need. However, insurance companies can avoid liability by citing the following:

  1. Total or partial liability on the part of the plaintiff
  2. Insufficient data or facts to sustain a legitimate claim.

The tricky part of a car accident claim is to prove liability, but with a competent lawyer by your side, you need not worry.

Car accident lawyers can help minimize your misery if you’ve been involved in a car accident in Bakersfield.

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