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You should wait to sign a settlement to avoid disappointment

You knew that it was a busy night in town, and you knew that there were a lot of bars open. You didn't expect to find that someone was weaving in and out of traffic so early in the evening, though. When you were hit, you soon discovered that the driver was intoxicated and had left a nearby bar just moments earlier. Now, you're facing injuries because of that person's negligent act.

You know that you may be lucky to be alive, but the severity of your injuries makes it hard to be grateful. How can you make sure that you have everything you need as you recover? Your attorney can help you get an appropriate settlement.

It's important not to settle right away. The driver's insurance company may aim to close out the claim early and to save itself money, but you want to be positive that you know the full extent of your injuries and their costs before you accept any kind of settlement.

After you sign a settlement, you'll have to sign a release of liability form, and that form restricts you from filing any other claims against the company. It's a good idea to wait until your attorney advises you that it's an appropriate time to sign that agreement, or you could find you agreed to much less than you were entitled to or needed.

You may want to wait to accept a settlement until after the driver is charged and convicted of drunk driving. This gives you leverage to seek a higher payout from the insurance company itself. Our website has more information on what you should do following a car crash.

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