What is an Accident Attorney?
When to Hire an Accident Attorney?
The best time to call an accident attorney is right after you have just suffered your accident. Calling your attorney right away will allow your attorney to evaluate the situation first-hand, to collect the necessary photographic and documentary evidence, to get possible testimony from the other parties involved in the accident, and also to the detect the proximate cause of negligence in the accident. The attorney’s main duty is to prove that the cause of the accident is linked to the negligence of the erring party, and this can best be done if the attorney can immediately survey the scene of the accident. The negligence of the other party can be proven by taking into consideration various elements of the accident that led to the injury, such as careless behavior of the other party, his physical condition and driving history, resulting physical injuries, or any other losses.
Another advantage of calling an accident attorney is that they can help you do the correct things immediately right after your accident. They can give you invaluable advice pertaining to any compensation claims, police verifications, or recording your medical bills or doctor evaluations with respect to your injury. The lawyer can help you assess and understand the nature of your possible compensation and how it is linked to your accident and your injury, and can also strategize with you regarding what possible defense or counterclaims might be put forth by the other party. Because of their specialty on the matter, accident attorneys can also defend you if you are the one who caused the accident.
The proximity and urgency by which you call your lawyer can increase your chances of claims, based on statistics, by nearly 40%, as compared to those who decided to slug it out without an attorney. Hiring a lawyer immediately also ensures that you won’t be overwhelmed by legal paperwork. There are many documents, such as claim notices, that must be submitted by specific dates. Some of these may be a matter of only a few days, and an experienced attorney will know how to comply with these tedious requirements.