Auto accidents happen every day across the United States, and if you were in an auto accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you want to call a lawyer. It isn't fair that you were injured, your car was damaged, and you had this turmoil in your life because someone else didn't take the responsibility of driving seriously, and because they made poor choices. Here are some of the things you want to do to, so you are able to get the case started quickly, and so you aren't out of pocket for the expenses.
Set a Legal Consult
A car accident lawyer will first allow you a consultation to see if they think you have a strong enough case, and to debate if they want to take the case or not. During the legal consult be sure to ask about:
- Legal cost and fees
- Potential winnings in settlement
- Length of time to get settlement
Once you have had a legal consult, and you know what you need to gather for your attorney, and what the case will cost you in comparison to the winnings, you can decide if you want to continue.
Keep Lines of Communication Open with Insurance Providers
Your insurance company and the other driver's auto insurance company will want to talk with you while they deny your claim, try to postpone it, or are figuring it out. Don't sign any paperwork or agree to any terms that they set, and don't agree to anything when talking with them or communicating via email. Keep track of all communication and forward it to your attorney so they know who to contact when it's time to propose the settlement.
Gather and Keep Evidence
All of the evidence that you have you need to keep in a safe place that is only for your lawyer to see. This could be many things, like:
- The black box data recorder from your automobile
- Video surveillance from nearby commercial or residential cameras
- Eye witness statements
- Police reports
These are just some of the things that you can use in your case, and your lawyer will want to have more evidence than the defense.
There are a lot of things that can affect your car accident case, but if you prepare quickly and properly it can help improve your chances of getting the settlement approved. Talk with a lawyer to see if you can get a settlement approved to deal with your pains and costs.