One of the biggest mistakes our team sees people make is their hesitation in contacting an attorney after a car accident. An experienced lawyer could be beneficial in numerous ways after an auto collision and could ensure you are treated fairly by the defendant driver.
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters are particularly guilty of treating claimants unfairly immediately after accidents. Oftentimes, they ask claimants one sided questions in an attempt to get the injured motorist to make incriminating statements that would hurt their case. For example, if a motorist admits to going over the speed limit or not wearing a seatbelt, a defendant’s insurance can argue that the plaintiff is partially responsible for their injuries and therefore should be awarded less.
Due to this, experienced lawyers often advise plaintiffs to avoid speaking with insurers without an attorney present. A lawyer could take the lead in negotiations and be prepared to counter any deceitful tactics the defense may attempt.
When Should You Contact a Lawyer After a Wreck?
Immediately after a car wreck, people should call the police to make a report and seek prompt medical care. Following those steps, they should contact an attorney.
In addition to helping plaintiffs avoid making incriminating statements, an attorney could help them collect valuable evidence, interview witnesses, and document all their damages. This is highly beneficial, especially in cases involving catastrophic harm where the plaintiff is incapacitated or otherwise unable to perform these vital steps themselves.
A lawyer could also negotiate with insurers to ensure a claimant is fairly compensated for their losses. If the defense refuses to offer a fair settlement, then an attorney could represent the plaintiff’s best interests in court.
If you or a loved one were harmed in a motor vehicle collision, do not hesitate to seek legal representation. Our team of reliable and hardworking attorneys could answer any questions you may have and advise you on how to proceed with your case. Call today for a free consultation.