An auto accident can negatively impact your life, as a victim. From having to miss time off of work and dealing with the property damage to trying to recover from your injuries and sorting out all of the medical bills, things can become very overwhelming, especially if you have no idea where to begin to try to recover compensation for all of these damages. Ideally, your best bet would be to obtain legal representation. Here are just a few ways in which a car accident attorney can help you when you have been in an auto accident.
Deal with the Insurance Companies
Usually, filing a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault driver is the first step after an accident. It can be tricky to try to deal with the insurance companies by yourself, as the job of the insurance adjuster is not to look out for you. Instead, their job is to save money for the insurance company, which means to give you as low of a settlement as possible. By hiring an attorney, however, he or she will deal with all communications with the insurance company related to your case to ensure you are fully protected and that you receive the compensation that you are owed.
In auto collision cases, compensation will heavily depend on proving the fault and/or negligence of the parties involved in the accident. An attorney will work to gather the information from the accident that shows the other party was responsible for your injuries. To prove negligence/fault, there must be four elements shown, which include that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, this duty was breached, your injuries were caused as a direct result of said breach, and that you suffered losses as a result of those injuries.
An attorney will perform an in-depth investigation of the accident, gathering pertinent evidence that connects your injuries to the collision. This evidence can then be given to insurers or used in court to prove your claim. Some of the evidence that is often used include police accident reports, eyewitness statements, surveillance camera photos or video footage, and medical records, tests, and scans.
This is just the basics of what a car accident attorney will do for you. Following an auto accident, you do not want to have to deal with handling all of this on your own when you should be solely focused on your recovery. Contact a car accident attorney if you're ready to discuss the details of your case.