Why Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Wreck?
Car accidents are often life-changing events. If you have been involved in a car accident, you are likely sore, injured, confused, scared, and upset. Most people have no idea how to appropriately and properly proceed without incident. Step one is contacting an experienced accident attorney, and with that, you will have the proper tools to help mitigate and decipher the information provided by the insurance company and its team of lawyers. Having an attorney will protect your legal rights, help you to understand what your rights are, and get you the highest level of compensation available.
Here are some ways an attorney can help after an accident.
Look at, Evaluate and Come Up with a Plan
Not every accident, car or otherwise, automatically entitles you to compensation. When you contact and retain an attorney, it is the lawyer’s job to evaluate your case, value and determines whether or not you have a viable claim. A good attorney will conduct an initial investigation to establish whether your accident was caused by the negligence of another person/persons.
Examples of evidence your accident lawyer may collect includes:
• Police reports/ investigation reports
• Scene photos (provided by you, police, bystanders, etc.)
• Vehicle photos (these are invaluable and often help immensely)
• Eyewitness statements – Names and phone numbers are extremely important if they are possible to obtain
• Cellphone records to verify that you were not distracted and therefore not the cause of the accident
• Surveillance footage – This is hands down the best way to determine fault. It removes questions.
When you hire an attorney, they will use the information to determine any damages you may be entitled to, based on the facts of your case. Common damages available include medical expenses, property damage, diminishment of quality of life, physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, and lessened lifelong earning capacity.
Who is Working For You
Hiring an attorney will help exponentially with the claims process. It is their job to know the ins and outs of the process when you are put in this situation.
Call Larby & Associates to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a car accident, it’s important to contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. At Larby & Associates, it is our commitment to protecting the rights of clients injured due to the negligence of others. For a free phone consultation with our injury attorneys, call our office today at (918) 796-5780. We can also be reached online through our live chat 24/7.