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How Long Does a Car Accident Settlement Take? 


The time after a car accident can feel stressful and there may be a lot of tasks on your plate and worries on your mind. You’re likely worried about the financial strain in addition to healing both physically and emotionally. Learn more about what you can expect when it comes to your car accident settlement and how long it may take for you to get your check in hand and move forward with your life.  

How Long After a Car Accident Can I File an Injury Claim? 

At DM Law, our average timeline for a case from signing to settlement is 252 days. However, the actual timeline for a car accident can vary depending on a variety of factors. In cases that are straightforward, meaning clear liability and minor injuries, settlements may be reached relatively quickly. However, if you’re dealing with a claim that involves multiple parties, severe injuries, or any other factor that makes the case more complex, it may be many months or even years before your case is resolved.  

These are a few examples of factors that may impact the timeline of your case: 

  • Willingness for parties to negotiate. 
  • Disputes over liability. 
  • Response time of insurance companies. 
  • Court schedules in cases where litigation is necessary. 
  • Complexity of the case. 
  • Medical treatment and recovery. 
  • Severity of injuries.  

How Long Does a Car Accident Settlement Take with a Lawyer? 

Seeking legal counsel from a skilled lawyer with experience in handling car accident cases can be a major benefit to your timeline. It can also be a major help with stress throughout the process.  

A knowledgeable attorney not only makes sure you’re getting everything filed before your statute of limitations is up, but they can also help streamline the process and expedite the resolution. This is because their extensive experiences let them know what to anticipate and how to handle it.  

An attorney can also manage all aspects of communication and investigation. Since advocating for their clients is their primary focus, they’re able to dedicate more time and energy towards securing fair compensation. Your attorney will gather evidence to support your case, handle negotiations with the insurance companies, and take the claim to court if needed.  

Your lawyer will offer you: 

  • Legal expertise. 
  • Support and guidance. 
  • Peace of mind. 
  • Court representation. 
  • Investigative skills. 
  • Case evaluation. 

Learn more about the role a lawyer can play in the timeline of your car accident claim.  

Why Insurance Companies Want to Settle Quickly 

If the insurance company has already reached out to you about settling, take some time to review their offer before agreeing to anything. You may think that this is great news but oftentimes, these settlement amounts are not made with your best interests in mind.  

Insurance companies often have a vested interest in settling car accident claims quickly and for the lowest amount possible. They do so to minimize their financial liability and to avoid the risk of having a larger payout later on due to prolonged litigation.  

In some situations, insurance adjusters may encourage victims of accidents to accept early offers before the full extent of injuries and damages comes to light. This can seriously undervalue your claim and lead to unresolved financial burdens down the road.  

Learn more about dealing with insurance companies following an accident.  

DiPasquale Moore Keeps Your Best Interest in Mind 

At DiPasquale Moore, we understand the tactics employed by insurance companies and are committed to protecting your rights. Our team is experienced in handling car accident cases and our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.  

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to reach out. We offer free consultations to walk through the details of your case. Let us fight for you so you can focus on your recovery.  


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