According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 30,000 fatal car accidents occur each year due to risky driving – drunk driving, drug-impaired driving or distracted driving. When a person suffers from a serious car crash, it can be confusing and scary. That’s why it is important to contact a car accident lawyer immediately so that all evidence can be obtained in a timely manner, since filing a claim could result in financial compensation for the victim.
Anyone who’s gone through a personal injury claim will agree that the process tends to be quite time consuming. Car accident lawyers are generally very knowledgeable on these complex cases. If you’re in the process of filing a claim, there are important steps to take to ensure your claim is settled fairly and quickly.
Step 1: Write down all the details from the car accident.
Before locating and working with a lawyer you must make detailed notes about everything you remember from the accident. Write down when and where the accident took place, the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses, police officers and insurance representatives. Taking photos of the car accident and any injuries the victim has as a result of the accident will be beneficial to the lawyer working on your case.
Step 2: Speak with a lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury cases.
For example, a lawyer with a background in real estate law wouldn’t be the best choice for a personal injury case involving a car accident. It’s important to speak with a lawyer before making any statements (written or verbal) to insurance company adjusters or representatives.
Step 3: Get legal advice right away because there could be strict time limits, or statute of limitations.
If you’re thinking about filing a personal injury claim, understand that the law limits the time in which you can take legal action. For example, the statute of limitations in Alabama states that you have two years starting on the day the injury occurred to file a claim. Therefore, once you find a lawyer who specializes in personal injury, you should get legal advice right away. Also, alert anyone you think may be responsible for the injury right away that you intend to file a claim against him or her.
Step 4: Gather all evidence and bring to initial consultation.
Gathering and keeping evidence from the accident will be critical to your case. This includes medical records and bills, income loss information, police reports, a history of all communication with your insurance company, photos, and damaged personal belongings. The more supporting documentation you provide your lawyer, the more equipped he/she will be to assess your case.
Most lawyers do not charge a fee for an initial consultation. So if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, it might be worth seeking legal advice and filing a personal injury claim. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve.
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