Pursuing the Recoveries You Deserve After a Car Crash
A car accident can have a devastating effect on you and your family. You
may sustain serious personal injury and property damage. You may also suffer the economic hardship of medical bills, repair bills, rental car expenses, and lost income because you
To receive fair compensation for all the damages you sustained, contact
Hope Law Firm. Our car accident attorneys in Des Moines have the experience needed to
assist you in every step of the legal process when seeking fair compensation for your losses.
Common Types of Car Accidents
To help you get the amount of compensation your injuries deserve, your
attorney must be able to prove what caused the accident and who is to
blame. At The Hope Law Firm, we’ve managed cases with a variety
of collision scenarios, including:
- Head-on — By far the most dangerous traffic collisions involve cars traveling
in opposite directions at high speeds when one of the cars crosses into
the oncoming lane. In head-on collisions the forces of two moving objects
are added together, producing catastrophic results. Unless there are extenuating
circumstances, the fault lies with the driver who crossed the divider.
- Rear end — These collisions are not as deadly because the force of the oncoming
car is absorbed as the rear end of the stationary car crumples. Even more,
force is dispelled if the struck car is moving. But complications occur
when the struck car is forced forward into other vehicles in a chain reaction.
The driver of the struck car may also lose control, veering into another
lane. Rear-end collisions are usually a sign that the oncoming car was
following too closely or not paying attention.
- Side-swipe — A violent brush in either the opposite or same direction can cause
a struck car to over-correct, so it flies off the road or into other lanes
of traffic. The fault lies with the driver who wandered into the adjacent lane.
- T-bone — A common accident at intersections, a T-bone occurs when the front
of one vehicle hits the broad side of another. At high speeds, T-bone
crashes can be deadly for either driver. The cause is usually a driver’s
failure to observe a stop sign or red light.
- Angular — Another common type of intersection crash occurs when a turning
car and a car driving straight through hit at less than a 90-degree angle.
Here, too, the fault is usually on the part of a driver who ran a stop
sign or red light.
Our familiarity with a variety of collision types and patterns of liability
allows us to investigate your accident efficiently to build a compelling case.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Your attorney must be able to speak the language of the medical profession
and translate it comprehensibly for a judge and jury. Our attorneys have
successfully managed cases of severe injury and can represent your case for:
|Concussion and brain injury Disc injuries in the neck and back Spinal cord trauma Amputation
|Paralysis Organ failure Third-degree burns
The Hope Law Firm works diligently with your doctors to assemble the evidence
necessary to convey fully the extent of your injuries in building a solid
case for relief.
Document the Details of the Crash
We can help you get the compensation that you deserve by filing an accident
lawsuit. Any information you can provide will help our lawyers guide you
through the legal process and see to it that you are treated fairly.
You can provide information by:
- Writing down what you know about the accident — don’t rely
on your memory alone
- Documenting the damage — take photos of the accident site and of
the damage to your car and keep receipts for repairs and car rental
- Filling out an accident report form — do not admit to blame, just
stick to the facts
Securing Compensation for Your Accident Injury
Not all car accidents result in injury. However, if you do suffer an injury
– no matter how small or severe it may be – document it. Your
insurance company adjuster may not seem to be working hard enough on your
behalf or the other party’s insurance company adjuster may not properly
evaluate any injuries. You need to have as much as possible to back up
There cannot be enough said about the value of documented details such as:
- Photos of your injuries
- Medical reports and doctors’ bills
- Receipts for ambulance rides
- Receipts for medications and medical appliances
You should also write down examples of how your quality of life has been affected.
For example, document any:
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of independence
- Strain on family life
Any information you can provide will help our Des Moines car accident lawyers
guide you through a lawsuit and help you to be treated fairly.
Frequently Asked Car Accident Questions
How long does it take for a car accident case to settle?
The timeline for settlement depends on the facts of your individual case.
Our personal injury lawyers act decisively to settle your case for the
amount you deserve in as short a time as possible. Our team has substantial
dealing with insurance companies, and we know how to keep your case moving forward.
What happens if I get in an accident in someone else’s car?
If you are an occupant or the driver of another person’s car, the
owner’s insurance company typically covers the claim. You can also
file a claim with your own auto insurance company.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer if I am not at fault?
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover the maximum
possible damages for your injuries. The Hope Law Firm offers a free consultation,
so you can discuss your options without risk.
Should I report a car accident if it seems like there are no injuries?
Symptoms of injuries often do not manifest right away. You may not feel
pain from a soft-tissue injury or herniated disk for several hours, for
example. Also, you may not realize you suffered a head injury until friends
notice changes in your cognition, memory and coordination. For this reason,
you should seek an evaluation from a medical professional after an accident
and report your accident to police and to your insurance company as soon
as possible. Your insurance company may not cover your damages if you
fail to report the car accident in a timely manner.
How much money can I get for my auto accident damages?
Our PI lawyers can only answer this question after we fully assess the
facts of your case and the extent of your injuries. We discuss your legal
options and potential outcomes at your free consultation.
How long do I have to report an injury?
Your insurance policy states how long you have to report an injury to your
insurance company. However, we advise you to notify your insurance company
as soon as possible so your agent can begin processing your claim.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Iowa has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for personal
injury damages. However, The Hope Law Firm, PLC urges you to pursue your
case right away so your claim can be resolved sooner.
Contact our Car Accident Attorneys in Des Moines
When it comes to managing your
personal injury legal claim, there’s no substitute for experience. At The Hope Law Firm, PLC,
our attorneys have distinguished themselves over decades of service to