Sadly, thousands of Americans suffer injuries every year because of car wrecks.
Fortunately, many accidents don’t lead to severe injuries. No matter how severe your crash is, you need to get legal help immediately following.
Knowing where to start can be a challenge. To help you sort through the information, we have outlined the steps for hiring an attorney after you are in a car accident and why it is important.
A personal injury lawyer is the most equipped lawyer and one who can help with your case and sort through legal, insurance, and medical issues.
So how do you find one?
The first step is conducting research:
If you don’t have a family lawyer, then you will have to source a reputable lawyer on your own. You can search Google and the yellow pages for local lawyers. You will need a local lawyer (in your state and jurisdiction) as they will be the most familiar with the laws.
However, searching Google and the yellow pages might not guarantee accurate results.
The FTC recommends a few ways to go about it:
Unfortunately, this process might not be easy. While you can get a lawyer 24/7 on-demand, they may not be the best lawyer.
If you are following the guidance from the FTC and us here at Rose Sanders, such as documenting the crime scene, collecting evidence, and getting medical treatment, then you are at least on your way to a more successful case.
You should spend time interviewing attorneys. Here’s a quick breakdown of what that might look like:
Once you’re ready to choose a lawyer, you will hire them. Be sure you continue to communicate clearly with them about:
While you may want to put it off, you should hire an attorney immediately, and there are a few reasons why this is necessary.
Even if your car does not look that damaged, you still have legal rights, and the other person’s insurance may want to hold you liable for more. Other times, your whiplash or other car accident injury symptoms won’t show up for days.
An attorney will help investigate the incident and piece together what has happened.
Proving liability in a personal injury case can be impossible on your own, and insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible and offer a settlement.
If you were hurt in a car crash and need to go to court, an experienced car accident lawyer will know what your injuries and mental distress are worth and stop at nothing to get you your due compensation.
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident alone is a lot to handle. You need to know what damages you sustained, your rights when seeking fair compensation, and how to file a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.
You may also be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, disability from your injuries, pain, and suffering that you have experienced, and even loss of income.
An experienced car accident lawyer will know what a person’s injuries and mental distress are worth. Most self-representations do not account for enough pain and suffering and loss of income and do not get what they deserve.
It is crucial to hire an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident because injuries from a car accident can result in many emotional, physical, and financial hardships.
However, other steps need to be taken following a car accident.
If you’ve been involved in a regular car accident or an accident with an 18-wheeler, remember to stay calm and assess the situation.
If no one is immediately or seriously injured, then you can move forward with exchanging insurance information.
If anyone is injured, assess their needs and call emergency services immediately. You may need to go to an urgent care center for less severe injuries, like cuts, abrasions, minor broken bones, whiplash, and more.
Within 72 hours, you should seek medical injuries. This is to ensure that there are no complications with your insurance claim. It also means that you are treating any unknown injuries as soon as possible.
If possible, try to obtain the contact information of the person involved in the accident. If it was severe enough, then it is likely that emergency services were contacted, and they will be able to support you with this.
Again, if this was a severe accident and the police were called in, they would gather evidence for you. If not, you need to take pictures of the accident, document your injuries, and document the crash site.
An attorney from Rose Sanders Law Firm, PLLC, can help you sort through the many issues that arise after an accident, including: