Accidents are a common sight on U.S. roads — nearly 14,000 crashes are recorded each day. Therefore, knowing what to do and what to avoid after a crash is vital.
It is expected that you will be confused, shocked, or angry after an accident. However, the steps that you take after the crash should be intentional. First, ensure that you seek medical attention for injuries sustained, as health always comes first.
Next, ensure that you get a police report on the accident. Once all this is settled, you can hire a personal injury lawyer to advise on the next steps, like filing a personal injury lawsuit. Lawyers are very helpful in such circumstances due to the following reasons:
They Help Estimate the Value of Your Damages
Accidents will most certainly cause property and financial losses to the victims. While seeking compensation, it is common for insurance companies or the party at fault to offer a little reimbursement, often less than what you have lost. Having a lawyer by your side will protect you from under-compensation.
Lawyers know what to look for when making a settlement claim. When calculating your losses, they will include long-term costs like lost wages and medical bills. Moreover, they will also help quantify other aspects of your compensation claim, like psychological trauma, pain, and suffering.
They Give Professional Advice
Lawyers are very resourceful in guiding you after an accident. Firstly, they help you avoid pitfalls when speaking to insurance companies, authorities, and other parties. They will help generate statements that cannot be used against you in later stages of the case.
Similarly, they will provide tips on optimizing your case. This includes collecting vital information after a crash. Additionally, they will advise you to gather certain details from the accident scene as well as keep track of your medical and transport expenses.
Finally, they will instruct you on the steps to take. Without proper knowledge of personal injury claims, you might make mistakes that will impact the outcome of your claim. “Your lawyer may guide you on the course of action, especially if you are uncertain about what to do” says Andrew S. Kryder of The Kryder Law Group, LLC Accident & Injury Lawyers.
They Represent You in Court
Following up on the case may be challenging if you are still recovering from the accident. Moreover, you may not be accustomed to the intricacies of the legal system. You might also have difficulties with the documentation process and meeting court deadlines.
An experienced lawyer can help you achieve all this without your direct involvement, which is helpful if you do not want public attention. They can collect important evidence and witnesses to help your case. Handling a personal injury claim by yourself might also be intimidating, especially when dealing with big companies.
They Help You Fight Intimidation Strategies
Employers and insurance companies can devise intimidation strategies like threats and lowball settlements to prevent you from filing a lawsuit. An attorney will help react accordingly to pressure from the workplace and other strategies by insurance companies to delay the claim process.
Filing a personal injury claim is a long and complicated process. Fortunately, lawyers can help simplify the process by calculating your losses, gathering evidence, and representing you in court.
A good lawyer will also advise on what to do and avoid to improve your chances of receiving legitimate compensation.
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