Hiring an attorney is a good option for anyone who finds themselves in a car accident, no matter how big or small the accident appears on the outside, especially if the accident involves larger vehicles. If a driver can contact their attorney shortly after the collision occurs, they significantly improve their chances of getting appropriately compensated for any damages they suffered. Hiring an attorney early in the case can also help a person avoid making serious mistakes which could lead them to lose out on their final settlement.
Many drivers make the mistake of believing that their insurance company is the only authority figure they need to help them pay for their damages, but this is not true. Insurance companies benefit by giving their insured clients less then what they deserve, and in many cases, they get away with it. Since most drivers are not well-versed in the law and they also don’t bother to read through the lengthy insurance policies, they are not educated on the rights they have and this leads them to mistakenly accepting less compensation then what they are entitled to.
Insurance companies often try different tricks such as denying one’s injuries or blaming the injuries a person is claiming on events that happened before the accident. They may also try to exaggerate the roles of the driver in the accident because if a driver is found to be more at fault, the total amount of their entitled settlement will be reduced. They may also try to use a person’s own words against them or delay their response to weakening a person’s will.
If a person has an accident lawyer on their side, the insurance company will not be able to make these false accusations as the attorney can pull out legal references and communicate with the insurer through the proper documentation and evidence to prove that the insured individual truly does deserve more settlement. Insurance companies are often much quicker to respond and fairer in their offer when they know a legal representative is corresponding for a person on their behalf.
What else can a lawyer do for me after I get into an accident?
Apart from negotiating with the insurance company, a lawyer can help prove that the other party was at fault by collecting all the required evidence. Proving that the other party was at fault is the one factor that is required for a person to get a fair settlement. It requires different types of evidence, such as footage from traffic cameras, and eye-witness testimonies to convince the court that the collision occurred due to the negligence of the other driver and not due to a person’s own folly. An attorney who has experience dealing with car accidents can easily get access to the required footage to help a person’s case.
An attorney can also help a person determine the value of their case early on. There are many different factors to consider when valuing a claim and a lawyer will be able to accurately cover all the bases and inform a person of the maximum amount they are entitled to according to the losses they incurred.