Posted on: 29 August 2023
A demand letter is a formal written communication sent by the victim (or their attorney) to the at-fault party's insurance company, outlining a detailed request for compensation for damages resulting from a car accident. The purpose of a demand letter is to initiate the negotiation process and seek a fair settlement without having to go through a formal lawsuit. Here is what else to know:
- The letter begins with a brief introduction identifying the parties involved (victim and at-fault driver) and the date of the accident. It provides a clear and concise description of the accident, including the location, date, time, and sequence of events.
- The letter explains how the at-fault driver's negligence caused the accident, referencing any available evidence such as police reports or witness statements.
- The victim details their injuries, medical treatment received, and ongoing medical needs. It also lists property damage and any related expenses.
- If the victim missed work due to their injuries, they may include documentation of lost wages and income.
- The letter addresses the physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced by the victim due to the accident.
- The core of the letter is the demand for a specific amount of compensation to cover medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. This demand is usually higher than the actual amount expected to allow room for negotiation.
What Can Happen After Sending a Demand Letter:
- Review and Evaluation: The insurance company reviews the demand letter, assesses the information, and evaluates the claim based on the evidence provided.
- Counteroffer: The insurance company may respond with a counteroffer, suggesting a lower amount of compensation. This initiates the negotiation process.
- Negotiation: Both parties negotiate back and forth, often through letters or communication between the victim's attorney and the insurance company. Each side presents arguments and evidence to support their proposed settlement amount.
- Settlement Agreement: If both parties agree on a settlement amount, they will reach a settlement agreement. This agreement is a legally binding contract that outlines the terms of compensation.
- Release of Liability: Upon reaching a settlement, the victim agrees to release the at-fault party from any further liability related to the accident in exchange for the agreed-upon compensation.
- Payment: Once a settlement agreement is reached and the necessary paperwork is completed, the insurance company will issue a payment to the victim.
To find out more, speak to a personal injury attorney at a local car accident law firm todayShare