After you or your loved one has been involved in a car accident, the next steps you take are crucial in determining your future. At Walker Wallace Law, we encourage you to obtain an experienced lawyer for your case as soon as it happens. It is best to have someone on your side with the knowledge and experience to handle your case than to take your chances of representing yourself. We have handled thousands of auto accidents and through this experience have learned how to get you everything that you are entitled to. In this article, we want to discuss the specific reasons why you should hire a lawyer after an accident so that you are able to make an informed decision for yourself.
You Need A Lawyer
When you are involved in a car accident, there are any number of issues that can arise that call for legal experience. Some of these are:
- A dispute over whose fault the accident was.
- Serious, long-term health issues.
- Expensive medical treatment.
- Missing work, school, etc.
- Multiple people were harmed in the accident.
- Someone died in the accident.
- The accident occurred in a construction zone or other hazardous area.
- The paperwork does not look accurate or complete (police report, records, etc.).
- Your insurance company is trying to take advantage of you.
Insurance companies start working immediately after an accident to try and save money. This may mean attempting to make the accident your fault, undervaluing your property damage, limiting your injuries, or just dragging the process along. In addition, evidence for your case can be lost in days and sometimes as quickly as a few hours after an accident if it is not obtained properly and quickly. An experienced car accident attorney can ensure that all of the evidence is properly saved and able to be used when needed.
Many insurance companies will contact you immediately after an accident to get a statement from you. Never talk to an insurance company without your attorney. If you do speak directly after an accident, it is likely that you may not have the full breadth of knowledge on the case or scope of the amount of harm/damage you have suffered. Any of the information given to insurance companies can be used later on in court. After an insurance company knows that you have an attorney, they will not contact you directly anymore.
The Responsibility of a Lawyer After a Car Accident
The main responsibility of an attorney is establishing and fully proving the damages that you have suffered from a car accident. A good lawyer will recognize harms and losses that you may not have fully realized. Many of the harms that people suffer after an accident include: property damage, lost past and future wages, past and future medical costs including treatment/surgery/care, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
We hope you will seek legal guidance from a reliable, trusted lawyer after you or your loved one has been involved in a car accident. We at Walker Wallace are here to take care of you. Schedule a free consultation with us today to see how we can help.