When the worst happens and you’ve been in a car accident, you wonder whether you should seek legal help. What could an accident attorney possibly do for you? Surely you can handle this on your own. After all, insurance will take care of everything.
Or will it?
What a Car Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
When the accident is serious, an attorney can help you with every step of the process to help you seek the fair compensation that you’re owed for the accident. Here’s what your attorney can bring to the table to help you win your case:
- Talk to the insurance companies. Insurers count on the fact that you may not know all your legal rights when it comes to seeking compensation. Some may even try to trick you into saying something that can hurt your personal injury case or greatly reduce your potential compensation. But a skilled attorney knows these tricks, and by handling the communications with the other party’s insurer, can ensure that the insurer plays fair.
- Collect evidence. Your attorney will gather any information about the accident that he or she can, including police reports, photographs, witness statements, and more. Evidence can prove that the accident happened, determine who was at fault, and the exact damages that were done to your vehicle, yourself, or your passengers.
- Gather medical records. A critical part of any personal injury lawsuit is collecting evidence of damages. Your attorney can gather medical records, bills, employment records showing missed time due to the accident, and other information to present to the court. He will know the right procedures and paperwork involved in making sure that any requests for records from doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers are properly prepared so that the facilities can supply the right information that you need in a timely fashion.
- Negotiate a settlement. Another important part of your attorney’s job is to take the evidence that’s been gathered and use it to provide a settlement offer to the insurance company. Your attorney will be able to put a real value to the injuries and pain you’ve suffered, and will give the insurance company a chance to pay fair compensation without going through the hassle of a trial.
- File a lawsuit. If the insurer isn’t willing to offer a reasonable settlement—or offer any settlement, in some cases—your attorney will be able to file a lawsuit, and the parties involved must respond or run the risk of a default judgment against them. Your attorney will begin the legal discovery process and may hold depositions (oral interviews) with the parties involved in the accident, experts, and witnesses to the accident.
- Represent you in court. Ultimately, your attorney will be the one to stand up for your rights in the court of law in front of a judge and jury of your peers.
Your attorney can take care of other issues related to the accident that occasionally pop up, too, and provide legal advice about what you should do if any problems arise.
Your Responsibilities After an Accident
Your attorney is there for you, but there are some steps that you should take, too, to make sure your case has the best chance of succeeding. For example, your attorney may advise you not to sign anything related to your case without consulting with him or her. Never speak about your case to anyone other than your attorney or a physician, and if anyone asks, simply refer him to your attorney.
Get Legal Help After a Car Accident
Hiring an attorney after a traffic crash can ensure that your legal rights are protected, allowing you the peace of mind that you need to recover from the accident.
If you’ve been seriously hurt in a Texas car accident and are ready to talk to an attorney, Wayne Wright LLP will stand beside you every step of the way. To arrange a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal situation, call, email, or use the live chat box to contact us today.