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We get a lot of good questions from readers, so we thought we would put together a list of a few inquiries that seem to crop up pretty often (just click on the link to read the answers).

Common Car Accident Questions


The insurance company wants a written statement about my car accident. Should I give one?

It depends on which insurance company is asking -- yours or the other driver’s. Here’s what you need to know.

How are rear-end collision settlement amounts determined?

Fault for a rear-end accident isn't usually disputed, and settlements are routine. Here is what you need to consider to figure out if what the insurance company is offering is fair, and whether it is in your best interest to accept the offer.

How can I make a counteroffer to the insurance trying to settle my case?

After you’ve received that first offer to settle your car accident case, you’ve got a number of options.

What is the average payout for pain and suffering after a rear-end accident?

If the pain, discomfort, and limitations related to your injuries affect your daily life, it can be difficult to place a dollar figure on those kinds of losses, but that's exactly what "pain and suffering" damages are intended to do.

What is the statute of limitations for suing after a car accident?

We answer a very common question regarding time limits on filing a lawsuit after a car accident.

What kind of settlement can I expect for a whiplash injury?

A whiplash injury (probably better to call it a neck strain) is common after a car accident, but it isn’t always easy to put a dollar value on these kinds of claims.

What does it mean when you sign a release of liability after a car crash?

Signing a release of liability is a critical stage of the car accident injury settlement process, and it's a move that can't be undone. Here's what you need to know. 

I got hit by a car on my bicycle. What legal action can I take?

A look at an injured bicyclist's options after getting injured in a traffic accident.

My car was totaled and I still owe more money on it. Do I have any options?

When the amount of money you owe on your car exceeds the "actual cash value" the car insurance company gave you, what can you do?

If I file a vehicle damage claim under my collision coverage, will my rates go up?

Everyone wants to know how their car insurance premium will be affected after they make a car accident claim.

How can I get a police report amended?

If you’ve received your copy of the police report, and it contains an error or is missing key information, here’s what you can do.

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