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What counts as a vehicle accident?

A vehicle accident refers to any accident that involves some type of motorized vehicle, such as a car, truck, or motorcycle.  The accident may also involve pedestrians or bicyclists.  

A vehicle accident can happen in a matter of moments, and it can turn the lives of those involved completely upside down.  If a vehicle accident occurs due to another party’s negligent driving and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle crash or accident of any kind, get in touch with Iowa City Legal.  Iowa City Legal is a premier personal injury law firm in Iowa City.  We help our clients get the legal services they deserve in the event of a personal injury, and we don’t see a single fee unless we win for you.

Types of Vehicle Accidents

Car Accidents

Legal claims from motor vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of negligence. A person who negligently operates a vehicle may be required to pay for any damages, either to a person or property, caused by his or her negligence. The injured party, known as the plaintiff, is required to prove that the defendant was negligent, that the negligence was the proximate cause of the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

Be sure to call the police and get an accident report on file.  If you are able to take some photographs of the accident scene or vehicle damage, that may be helpful as well.

Truck Accident

A commercial truck accident can be much more catastrophic than an accident between two personal-use vehicles.  This is because a typical, fully loaded big rig truck (such as a dump truck or a tractor-trailer) weighs at least 25 times as much as a typical car.  Due to this stark weight disparity and the basic laws of physics, most big rig truck accidents with other vehicles result in serious, even fatal, injuries.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle riders are in a unique position on the road. They enjoy the freedoms that come with their chosen form of transportation, but they are also exposed to dangers not met by other motorists. For instance, the lack of any substantial protective barriers between a motorcycle and the road, as well as the difficulty that other motorists may have in anticipating and seeing a motorcycle, leave riders prone to serious injury in the event of an accident.

Be sure to call the police and get an accident report on file.  If you are able to take some photographs of the accident scene or vehicle damage, that may be helpful as well.

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Building a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident

There are quite a few steps to building a personal injury claim after a vehicle accident.  Here are some steps you can take to put yourself in the best position possible to build a successful claim:

1 | Initial Investigation

First and foremost, your safety should be your number one priority at an accident scene. If you are injured and need medical treatment, get the care you need.  Be sure to seek treatment as soon as possible for any related injuries—no more than three days is a good rule of thumb.  The insurance company will look at the length of time between the accident and any subsequent treatment to determine causation for your claimed injuries.

Be sure to call the police and get an accident report on file.  If you are able to take some photographs of the accident scene or vehicle damage, that may be helpful as well.

2 | Filing an Insurance Claim

After an accident, you should notify your auto insurance company so they can set up a claim.  Oftentimes, your insurer and the claims adjuster they assign to you are in the best position to help you get your vehicle fixed or handle a total loss so you can get back on the road as quickly as possible.  

Keep in mind that you should never give a recorded statement to the insurance company at this stage—even your own.  They will look for ways to use this against you in your personal injury claim.  If your own insurance company insists on a recorded statement, you do legally have to provide one in order to fulfill your contractual obligations and receive the benefits of your coverage with them.  However, this should only be done after you have consulted with an attorney who can properly supervise any requests for recorded statements.

3 | Initial Consultation With A Vehicle Accident Attorney at Iowa City Legal in Iowa City

If you have a personal injury claim in addition to any property damage, you will certainly want to consult with an attorney.  Here at Iowa City Legal, we are the #1 personal injury lawyer in Iowa City, which means your claim will be taken on personally by our experienced team.  Scheduling an initial consultation is free, and we don’t see a dime unless we win for you.  Hiring Iowa City Legal will help you have the upper hand with the insurance company.  You can read more about our process below to find out how.

Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers - The Iowa City Legal PLC

Car accidents are one of the most debilitating incidents someone can suffer, and more often than not, they can come out of nowhere.  

No matter whether it’s a car accident, a truck accident, a motorcycle accident, or some other kind of motor vehicle accident, Iowa City Legal is here for you.    We will take care to hear your story, gather evidence like medical records and testimonies, and put together a case that will get you the representation and compensation you need and deserve. 

At Iowa City Legal, we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t charge anything until we win for you.  So what are you waiting for?  Get in touch with Iowa City legal and schedule a free consultation, today.

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Our Process.
Our process may look something like this...

Gather Evidence

We’ll take care of gathering evidence, such as the accident report, your medical records and bills, and any wage loss documentation.  We will also speak to any witnesses to the accident itself and get opinions from your medical providers that may be relevant to your case.

Send A Demand Letter

Once we’ve gathered all the requisite paperwork and your medical treatment is finished, we’ll send a demand letter to notify the other party we are seeking damages and begin the process of settlement negotiation.

Settlement

After receiving an offer from the insurance company, your attorney will call you to discuss the offer and give their opinion as to what a fair settlement value for your claim would be. Your attorney will then negotiate with the adjuster based on that decision.  If the parties can agree on a final number, the case will be “settled” at this time.  This means that you agree to drop the case as long as the defendant pays the agreed amount of compensation.

File A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Whether or not you decide to take the insurance adjuster’s final offer is your decision, and you can take it or leave it.   Iowa City Legal will be there for you with guidance on whether the offer is fair or if it makes sense to continue with a lawsuit.

Personal Injury.

Negligence describes a situation in which a person acts in a careless (or “negligent”) manner, which results in someone else getting hurt or property being damaged.  Pursuing a claim of negligent actions is one of the most common routes for plaintiffs in a personal injury case.

Liability is the concept of fault, more so the idea of which party involved in any type of accident bears the responsibility for its occurrence. When someone is held liable for an accident or injury, they are deemed as the fault party, or simply the party responsible for the accident or injury.

There are a wide variety of injuries covered in personal injury law.  Some of the common types include:
  • Car accidents.
  • Premise liability (injury caused on someone’s property, such as a slip and fall).
  • Medical negligence (caused by doctors, hospitals, or other healthcare providers).
  • Injuries caused by animals (such as dog bites).
  • Injuries caused by serving alcohol to someone (called dram shop laws).
  • Intentional injuries (such as assaults).
  • In most personal injury cases, there is usually a plaintiff and a defendant; however, sometimes, another person or business may be involved, depending on the complexity of the case.  

    What To Expect.

    What should I expect from my personal injury case?

    Possible medical expenses, calls from your insurance company, not to mention any emotional distress—you’ve got enough on your plate with your case.  The last thing you want to worry about is another financial burden, or if your attorney even knows your first name.  

    With us, consider those big firm worries a thing of the past.  We’re here to help you, in any way we can.  That means we personally get to know you, take your case with no money down, and we don’t see anything until we win.   

    Iowa City Legal is full of experienced lawyers, which means that over the years we’ve learned that the job can’t ever be about fees—it’s about getting injured people, you, the legal care, representation, and fair compensation you deserve, no matter what.

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    If you need personal injury representation from someone who will care about your case from start to finish, you’ve come to the right place.  Contact us here.