Sara was recently hit by a truck. Luckily, she suffered only minor injuries, but her car suffered the damage. The truck operator offered her compensation at the spot, which Sara took thinking the compensation amount was fair.
However, her gym buddy, Mike — a lawyer by profession — told her she had settled for much less than what she could have got. A truck accident injury is not the same as car accident injury, legally speaking. And often as not, commercial truck operators offer victims some money upfront to avoid a large payout.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and don’t want to leave money on the table like Sara did, consider hiring an experienced attorney.
Here are 4 reasons why you should contact an attorney after an accident.
1. A lawyer can determine all the factors that are involved.
Given the complex law system, determining exactly which factors are involved in your case on your own may prove difficult.
For instance, let’s reconsider Sara’s example. Trucking industry is governed by complicated federal and state laws. On top of that, commercial truck operators must comply with a number of regulations.
Now if Sara had refused the compensation and fought her case herself — given the complexities involved — she may have found it extremely hard to identify exactly which regulations were violated.
An experienced attorney, on the other hand, is familiar with the legal system. He or she would know the right questions to ask and ascertain regulations that have been violated in your case. This, in turn, would give you a great chance to get the compensation you deserve.
2. A lawyer can help determine who was at fault.
Fault isn’t clear after a road accident. You may think you’re responsible, but it’s important to have some experts confirm your suspicion.
The answer is simple. Accidents are complicated and occur because of a number of factors. Without a thorough investigation, it’s not always easy to say who was at fault and how much.
At the same time, it’s important that fault is allocated properly. Apart from a few handful states that have a no-fault system, most follow some version of at-fault law. Depending where the accident happened, you may get less compensation or no compensation at all if you share fault.
An experienced attorney has established relationships with injury and accident experts. Your lawyer can ask these professionals to investigate your accident. For instance, accident recreationists can determine how the crash happened and the contributing factors. Likewise, mechanics can check if everything in your car was in perfect working condition at the time of the accident.
Your lawyer may also consult medical experts to get some insight into whether or not your airbags and seatbelts were working properly. In case a component was malfunctioning, your lawyer could contact the manufacturer for compensation.
The long and short of it is that a thorough investigation conducted by skilled experts can shed light on why the crash occurred and who was at fault. This information, in turn, can help you win the case and receive adequate compensated.
3. An attorney can navigate you through the claim process.
Identifying and collecting all the relevant evidence required to file a claim yourself may prove challenging. But if you have an experienced attorney by your side, he or she can guide you through the whole process.
An attorney can help you collect everything you need for a successful claim. This can include, witness statements, the registration numbers of all the vehicles involved in the accident, surveillance footage, medical records, and the insurance details of the other driver.
An experience attorney would also be aware of the time limits for filing claims, and as such could help you file a claim as quickly as possible. Submitting a claim early may give you the best chance to receive adequate compensation for your medical injuries.
In case your claim can’t be filed within the stipulated timeframe, your lawyer can request the court for a time extension.
4. An attorney can help you get the best compensation possible.
An average person may not know all the expenses for which they can get compensation after a personal injury. For instance, did you know that personal injury compensation can be claimed for several different types of expenses? You can claim compensation for the following expenses, among others:
Hospital, medical, and rehabilitation expenses
Compensation for suffering and pain
Attendant care expenses
Loss of earnings
Lack of knowledge may prevent from securing adequate compensation. This is where legal assistance can prove immensely useful. An experience attorney would ensure you are compensated for every penny.
Fighting an accident claim alone can be tough. If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, find an appropriate lawyer without any delay. An experienced lawyer can help you secure the best compensation possible.