If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of an auto accident, you probably need legal advice and assistance from an auto accident attorney to assure you receive fair compensation from the party who caused the accident.
To handle an auto accident claim so that the victim gets everything to which he or she is entitled, an attorney must be able to correctly analyze, anticipate and solve several important issues that usually arise with auto accidents.
Auto accidents can cause all kinds of losses and damages: medical bills, lost wages, emotional suffering, temporary or permanent disability, impairment, scarring, loss of earnings, loss of use of your car, death of a loved one and other losses as well. Your spouse and children may suffer losses if you cannot provide for them even if they were not in the accident. An auto accident attorney can help you determine the value of your case.
You are likely to need attorneys who are used to dealing with insurance companies. The person causing the accident may not have any insurance (“uninsured”) or may not have enough insurance (“underinsured”) to pay for the damages they cause you. In those situations, you need an attorney who knows how to access other types of insurance.
I usually handle these kinds of cases by contingency fees. That means I do not get paid a fee unless we obtain money for you through settlement with the insurance company or judgment rendered by a jury. If I do recover something for you, I get an agreed upon percentage of the total recovery received, prior to the subtraction of any costs or expenses.
Keep these facts mentioned above in mind as you consider whether you should hire an auto accident attorney to represent you in your matter. Often, even in simple and obvious cases, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may not be reasonable in its settlement negotiations with you. Usually, insurance companies believe that by dealing directly with the injured party they can either convince or bully you into taking less.
1. Exchange contact information with the other party and witnesses
• Full Names
• Cell, Work, and Home phone numbers
2. If you have a cell phone or camera with you, take as many pictures as possible of the damages, injuries, and license plate of the other vehicle(s)
3. Take notes about everything you remember about the accident. Write down anything said by witnesses or parties involved
4. Seek medical attention even if you do not see any visible cuts or bruises. Some injuries take days or weeks to become evident. Explain to your medical professional that you were in a car accident
5. Keep a journal about your medical treatments, lost time at work, and progression of your injuries. Keep all receipts from expenses related to the accident...car rental services, prescription medications, and any purchases made as a result of damages
6. Do not give a report to the opposing party's insurance adjuster, even if they claim you must! Only speak to the police officer that responds to your accident call
As an attorney, I know that dealing with an injury can sap your strength. It can also stress your family and your finances to the breaking point. I have over twenty years of experience working with injured people to get them the settlement or award that they need. If you or a loved one have been hurt because someone else was careless, contact Creedmoor/Raleigh/Durham personal injury attorney, Dan Flebotte, for a free consultation.
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