Brakes are an essential component of your vehicle. It is not safe to allow your brakes to operate on a sub-par basis. If you have been involved in a crash, even a slight one, and discover that your brakes are not functioning properly, you should certainly get them fixed.
If the crash was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for any repairs to your vehicle and injuries to you and any other occupants through a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer can prove helpful when considering such a claim.
Damages You May Receive After a Crash
If you have been involved in a car crash and your car was damaged through no fault of your own, you should be able to claim compensation through the other driver’s insurance. Damages claimed depend on exactly what needs repairing and whether you need medical attention.
If your brakes are damaged, you should certainly be able to claim compensation for the repair bill. There may be other repairs to your vehicle which can also be claimed, like panel repairs, broken lights, and broken windows.
If you need to take time off work because of the repairs to your vehicle, these should be claimed as well. Everyone in your vehicle should have seen a doctor to check for injuries. A personal injury claim can help pay for medical treatment and lost income because of the crash.
Why Consider a Lawyer?
The main reason why you would consider using a personal injury lawyer is that insurers are often averse to recognizing fault. Personal injury claims are often denied because it is claimed that you were to blame or the insurer’s client was not to blame.
A personal injury lawyer will have dealt with claims like yours many times before and will know just how to use evidence that demonstrates that your brakes and other parts of your car were damaged due to the other driver’s negligence.
The lawyer can also help determine just how much you should claim if there are injuries involved in addition to damage to your vehicle. Claims are usually negotiated without a need to go to court, but the fact that you have a lawyer on your side can often put pressure on the other driver’s insurer to negotiate in good faith.
Work With a PI Lawyer Today
Brake repairs can cost anywhere between $100 and $500, but it is unlikely that brakes are the only part of your car that needs repairing after a crash, especially if it had to be towed to a repair yard. You may also need to claim personal injury damages if you or any of the occupants in your vehicle were hurt in the crash.
Most PI lawyers work on contingency, which means that as long as they accept your case, you won’t be charged until a successful settlement has been reached with the at-fault party’s insurer. Fill out a free evaluation form below if you want to find a suitable lawyer in your area.