When one is involved in a car accident due to the other driver's negligence and that results in serious damages, one may need to hire accident attorneys. However, before you go ahead and do that, there are some things you have to do first.
SECURE EYEWITNESS INFORMATION
This is very important. If possible, right at the scene of the accident, endeavor to ask those who witnessed the crash if you can get their personal details so you can contact them later on. This is because, by the time you get around to contacting a lawyer, you may have lost the chance to get that information permanently if you didn't do it prior to the call. If the accident is responded to by the cops then they may document some witnesses at the scene, however, they may not document all of them and it is left for you to seek them out at the scene so that your innocence will not be in question later on.
MAKE SURE TO ASK YOURSELF IF A CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IS WHAT YOU REALLY REQUIRE
When you consider that in many cases, one-third of your compensation will go to the lawyer, then it becomes necessary to ask yourself if, by negotiating on your own, you will be able to get an amount reasonably close enough to what a lawyer may potentially get you. To put it in perspective, if you will be able to negotiate for $6,000 whereas a lawyer will get you $9,000, then you are better off negotiating on your own. That being the case, however, insurance companies also need to be taken into account. It is not uncommon for these companies to give out coverage that does not cover up to half of the damages, to claimants who do not come accompanied by a lawyer. So in that case, a lawyer may be very necessary.
GET THE POLICE REPORT
If a report has been made by the police, then it is important for you to find out how you can get that report and then go about getting it. Various departments may come with different rules of their own. A small fee may be requested so as to cover costs of copying the report and processing it. Try to get this report because any lawyer worth his or her salt will seek to check this report when you secure their services.
In case you are unsure as to what police department to reach out to for the report, you can try the city's police department and if that fails, then you need to get across to the county sheriff as the report may have been entered by a Deputy
PHOTOGRAPH THE DAMAGE DONE
The pictures should not just be of your car and the damage that was done, but also, of you and the damage done to you as well. A picture of an injury you sustained or of the angry welt caused by the seat belt, will be important in putting your experience in perspective.
If there was property destroyed during the crash, endeavor to get pictures of them as well so as to get full compensation.
DRAW UP AN ESTIMATE FOR REPAIRS
Your insurance company may direct you to a body shop of their own choice for you to get your repairs done, but you have to understand that this is by no means compulsory. If the shop is good enough by your standards, you may go ahead and use their services.
However, it is important to keep in mind that it is not unheard of for these shops recommended by insurance companies, to use less than ideal parts for the repairs.
LEAVE THE TOUGH GUY ACT
Some 'tough' accident victims refuse to go to the doctor for treatment after the accident and this is a very bad thing because, while it is unhealthy for you, it is also very unhealthy for your case and may affect your final compensation very well. The reasoning many insurance companies employ is that, if you were injured as badly as you claim, then you would have visited a hospital for treatment. Failure to do that just invalidates your claim somewhat. If you lack medical insurance, you can get normal health care in the hospital and the bill will be taken care of under your car insurance.
Assuming you were only a mere passenger in the vehicle involved in the accident and lack insurance, then the insurance of the driver of the vehicle you were in, will cover the cost of your treatment.
Do not simply ignore going to the hospital after being involved in an accident because you don't have a health insurance. It is not an excuse and can simply hurt your case.
WHEN YOU REACH OUT TO AN ACCIDENT LAWYER, BE PREPARED
This is the culmination of this entire article. You are the one involved in this case and you need to treat it with utmost importance. Before talking to an attorney, make sure you have all the necessary documents the lawyer will require as well as pertinent information which will strengthen your case. Things such as the exact location of the place where the accident happened, the names of the hospital you visited as well as the doctors who treated you are important as well. Other things like date and time of the accident need to be added as well. All this work towards strengthening your case for a better settlement.