If you have not yet been convinced that it is a very good idea to hire a car accident attorney, you must learn about what happens to accident victims who do not. When you enter a courtroom without legal representation, you will not receive as much compensation as you deserve. Laypeople are not familiar with the way that insurance companies work, and they often believe that insurance agents and adjusters are fair people. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Whether or not you are awarded a settlement or a judgment that meets all of your needs will depend on statements that you make to those who are involved in your case. At the scene of the accident, you will be forced to talk to the police. When the at-fault driver’s insurance company contacts you, you will be forced to talk about it, but you are in danger of saying something that could damage your case.
All you should say to the police at the scene of the accident is that you have been injured and that it’s not possible for you to think straight at this time. Ask them to meet you at the hospital and then contact a lawyer.
If you aren’t sure of something, don’t guess. Don’t start a sentence with the words, “I think…” The police officer may come to the wrong conclusions. If the officer tells you that you have admitted to being at fault, don’t be concerned at that moment. Your lawyer will ask for a police report. If there is a need to do so, the report can be amended later on.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company will contact you, and even if the other driver is clearly at fault, the adjuster will try to get you to accept a lower amount of money than your claim is worth. He or she can also invalidate your claim. If you allow the adjuster to record your telephone conversation, he or she could make you sound as if you are giving inaccurate statements. If the statements turn out to be false, the court may transfer the blame for the accident to you. That’s why adjusters hope that you will discuss the accident with them on the phone so that they can record any missteps that you make.
The main point is that you do not need to speak to anyone about the accident unless you have an attorney. When you make that first call to us, you can tell your side of the story, and we will listen to every detail. We are here to help you. We will also set a time so that we can meet you in person.
The first thing a good attorney needs is an aggressive and charismatic personality. When people behold others who have these qualities, they are overcome with respect and trust for them. It comes out in the way that these people speak and carry themselves. These people’s friends feel confident when they are around them, and their enemies have respect for them. Our lawyers have the aggressive and charismatic personalities that work so well in the courtroom. This presence lets everyone in the room know that our attorneys are here for a purpose, and that is to get you everything that you deserve.
Another excellent characteristic is enthusiasm. Your attorney has to be someone who never thinks of running from a fight. Instead of running and hiding, he or she will be someone who rushes to your aid and makes sure that you will be fine.
It’s important that your attorney has a record of successes. We have achieved this by getting our car accident clients the most money possible for their injuries. This means that we take as much time as is needed to obtain the results that you are seeking. If the first offer we receive is for a miniscule amount of money, we will reject it. We are seeking large sums of money for the pain and suffering you have had to endure, and auto accident attorneys who remain true to their missions are the ones who obtain the largest settlements.
Extensive training is the last quality. Our attorneys have the extensive training that gives them the vast experience in litigating car accident injury cases with so much success.
A personal injury lawyer’s role is extensive in a car accident case, but you have a role to play as well. The actions that you take right after the accident occurs can help your attorney prove your case in court or help you obtain a fair settlement.