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What To Expect From Car Accident Mediation

by Kristin Hawkins

In most cases, a car accident is handled through negotiation with the insurance provider of the at-fault party. However, you also have the option of having your settlement negotiated through mediation. By doing this, you may be able to resolve a dispute that may otherwise drag out longer than you might hope for. However, you will want to speak with a law firm before deciding to take this approach.

Preparing for Car Accident Mediation

When you participate in mediation, there will be a third person who is meant to serve as a neutral party and a go-between. With the help of a mediator, you will attempt to reach a voluntary settlement. The right type of mediator is someone who has the respect of both parties. However, just because you choose to enter into mediation, that doesn't mean that you will reach an agreement, and you may eventually choose to file a lawsuit with the help of a law firm.

With a car accident, the mediation will typically be between both drivers and their insurance providers. You will also be able to involve your personal injury attorney in the process. Both you and the other party will pay for the mediation services. Therefore, a mediation service might end up being unproductive if the other party is not cooperative.

The Car Accident Mediation Process

With a car accident mediation service, the mediator will inform both you and the other party about your rights. You do not have to worry about a confrontation with the other party because most car accident mediations involve both parties being kept in separate rooms.

In many ways, the mediation process will be similar to settlement negotiations. You will need to provide evidence that you suffered damages, and you will also need to provide evidence that the other party was at fault for your injuries. For example, you may show that the other party violated traffic laws and that this contributed to your accident.

You will also want to have the mediation process explained to you by a lawyer so you can determine if you will want to accept the settlement or if there is a better option. Your lawyer will also help you with mediation by helping you assemble the evidence you need and helping you understand the arguments you can make that will help you negotiate for the best possible settlement for your injuries.

For more information about involving your lawyer with your mediation, contact a local law firm.