3 Things You Can Do to Help Your Car Accident Case
As Woodstock car accident attorneys, we are relentless in our pursuit of compensation and justice for those who have been injured because of the negligence and recklessness of others. We work tirelessly to assemble the strongest possible case to put our clients in an optimal position to obtain a substantial settlement or prevail at trial.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one in a car accident, you have every right to expect your lawyer to do everything he or she can on your behalf. But there are also things that you can do to help your case and increase your chances of a positive outcome.
Taking these three steps immediately after an accident and while your case is pending can help your attorney help you:
You have a lot to deal with in the minutes after a collision: shock and confusion, tending to injuries and getting medical assistance to name a few. But you also want to understand what happened or at least get the information that can help you, the police and your lawyers determine the reason for the accident. While you don’t need to turn the scene into “CSI: Car Accident,” you should try to gather as much information and evidence as you can to preserve important details that can be used in negotiations with the insurance company or presented at trial. Fading memories, deteriorating evidence, or unknown witnesses can be countered with pictures, relevant physical material, and the names and contact information of anyone who saw your accident.
Get a Lawyer as Soon as You Can.
Even if lawyers and lawsuits are the last things on your mind after an accident, you should reach out to an experienced auto accident lawyer as soon as you are able. Calling a lawyer doesn’t mean you are going to be filing a lawsuit or mean that you have a claim. Calling a lawyer can help you understand your rights and preserve your options for pursing compensation. If you want to get the help you need to recover from your injuries, pay your bills, and make up for lost earnings, you will want to find and hire a good lawyer. There are strict time limits for when you can file a personal injury claim in Georgia, and if you wait too long, you could lose your right to seek compensation altogether no matter how strong you claim may have been. And remember, the other driver already has a team of lawyers from their insurance company working to avoid paying you. With a lawyer on your side, you can balance the playing field and keep the insurer from taking advantage of your situation, because you should…
…Never Negotiate With Insurance Companies On Your Own.
Despite their ads and friendly spokespeople (or spokes-geckos), insurance companies are not your good neighbors and you are definitely not in good hands when trying to negotiate with them. Car insurance companies are in the business of making money, and every dime they have to pay out in claims hurts their bottom line. When they reach out to you, they will try to deny any liability or get you to accept a settlement which is likely far less than you are entitled to. They know you need money to pay your bills and that their lowball offer may be extremely tempting. A good car accident lawyer will not be intimidated or fooled by the insurance company’s tactics, and will be ready to negotiate an appropriate settlement if possible and take your case to trial if necessary. When an insurer knows that they may be in for the long haul and that they have a formidable opponent, their calculus changes in a way favorable to claimants.
Call the Car Accident Attorneys at North Metro Litigators as Soon as Possible
The personal injury attorneys at North Metro Litigators will be on your side every step of the way as you face the challenges that come with a car accident case. Call us today at (678) 944-0000 or contact us to arrange for your free initial consultation.