28 03, 2018

Are Large SUVs and Pick-Up Trucks Really Safer? Car Accident Law Firm Cites Real Case Outcomes That Questions Such Reasoning

2018-04-11T17:18:55-05:00

“Common sense” tells us that larger sports utilities vehicles (SUVs) and pick-up trucks are safer in an accident, but ground breaking studies and our car accident law firm’s experience in over a quarter of a century of handling serious car accident cases, tells us otherwise. Our car accident law firm has seen this fact pattern a surprising number of times: Our client, a strong and hardworking thirty-something pick up truck or SUV driver, is stopped at a stop light, and behind our client is an elderly driver in a Honda or a Toyota, also stopped, when a texting teenager in a new Nissan at full speed slams into the elderly driver’s car which slams into the back of our client’s pick-up truck or SUV. Most people would guess that the pick-up driver or SUV driver will be safer simply because [...]

Are Large SUVs and Pick-Up Trucks Really Safer? Car Accident Law Firm Cites Real Case Outcomes That Questions Such Reasoning2018-04-11T17:18:55-05:00
22 01, 2016

Should I Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement or Medical Records Release After an Accident?

2017-06-06T14:14:00-05:00

Is There Ever a Good Time to Give A Recorded Statement or Medical Release After an Accident? Cedar Rapids Personal Injury Lawyer—Many people involved in personal injury accidents call our Cedar Rapids Personal Injury law firm stating that the insurance company for the other driver who caused the accident told them that in order to receive payment from the other driver’s insurance company, they must give the insurance company a recorded statement and they also must sign a medical release authorizing the insurance company to obtain their medical records. These callers want to know if they must give a recorded statement and medical release to the insurance company in order to get paid. The simple answer is that the other driver’s insurance company will never be required to pay you anything unless you go to court and win.  The more [...]

Should I Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement or Medical Records Release After an Accident?2017-06-06T14:14:00-05:00
15 08, 2015

INSURANCE BAD FAITH: WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN GOOD HANDS OR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TREATING YOU JUST LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR

2017-06-06T14:15:47-05:00

Who did a promoter for the rock band .38 SPECIAL call when Lloyd’s of London did not want to pay under an insurance policy that is supposed to pay if rain cancels an outdoor concert? They called SAM SHERONICK LAW FIRM, P.C., a Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm, who successfully litigated to enforce the insurance policy.  INSURANCE BAD FAITH involves an insurance company refusing to pay the holder of the insurance policy (or someone who is supposed to be a beneficiary of such a policy) even though all of the policy conditions have been met.  Simply stated, the law requires parties to a contract--like an insurance policy--to treat each other in good faith.  Insurance companies engage in bad faith if, among other things, a jury finds the insurance company unfairly denies paying a claim, or delays paying a claim [...]

INSURANCE BAD FAITH: WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN GOOD HANDS OR WHEN THEY ARE NOT TREATING YOU JUST LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR2017-06-06T14:15:47-05:00
26 01, 2015

DO I NEED A CEDAR RAPIDS PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OR CAN I HANDLE MY CASE MYSELF?

2017-06-06T14:16:24-05:00

  When someone calls our Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm for a free initial consultation, we always ask questions to determine whether this is a case a caller can handle themselves.  We do this for two reasons: 1) It has been our experience in over 20 years of handling serious personal injury cases at our Cedar Rapids personal injury law firm that being honest with a new caller helps save the caller an attorney fee when the facts of their case are such that the caller can handle the case themselves; as you can imagine, the caller appreciates our honesty and more often than not, rewards our firm by calling back in the future should they (or their friends or family members) get in a future accident where we can help;  and 2) Our Cedar Rapids personal  injury law [...]

DO I NEED A CEDAR RAPIDS PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM OR CAN I HANDLE MY CASE MYSELF?2017-06-06T14:16:24-05:00
8 01, 2014

How Do I Settle My Car Damage With the Insurance Company?

2017-06-06T14:16:46-05:00

“I was in an accident and my car was damaged and now the insurance company wants to settle the property damage but I don’t know what my car is worth when settling with the insurance company after the accident.  What should I do?” We get asked this question quite a lot by our clients and here is what we tell them.  Our firm does not charge an hourly fee; rather, we only get our attorney fee if the client gets paid.  Since our firm gets paid a percentage of any verdict or settlement we obtain for our client, we do not want to take a percentage of the money the client will be getting from their property damage settlement since they will need to repair or replace their car or other property.  So if our firm takes on a personal [...]

How Do I Settle My Car Damage With the Insurance Company?2017-06-06T14:16:46-05:00
17 01, 2013

Snowy, Icy, Slippery Winter Weather Does Not Excuse Accident

2017-06-06T14:18:01-05:00

The police officer said the "weather caused the accident" so does that mean the other driver is not liable for causing my injuries and damages?  In our experience, one or more drivers are almost always at fault for causing an accident in bad weather and can therefore be held liable for injuries and damages. Simply stated, the rules of the road don't change just because the accident occurred while it is snowy, icy, rainy, etc. Generally speaking, Iowa law provides that a driver cannot escape liability during bad weather by invoking the "sudden emergency doctrine" or "Act of God" doctrine to justify or defend one's conduct in slippery weather if the driver knew--or had reason to know--that the roads are slick and the driver nonetheless chose to drive in an unsafe manner for the conditions that then existed. For example, if [...]

Snowy, Icy, Slippery Winter Weather Does Not Excuse Accident2017-06-06T14:18:01-05:00