Sadly, there are millions of car crashes every year in the United States.
Some are minor bumps, and some are more serious. Regardless of whether you feel OK or not after the accident, however, there’s one thing you must always do after you’ve exchanged insurance details and called an ambulance (if necessary)…
Hire an attorney.
There are many reasons why this is so important, but we’ve boiled these down into 3 key reasons that link into the broader picture.
1. Damage and Injuries Aren’t Always Apparent
Getting in touch with a lawyer right away is important because they can immediately start piecing together the case.
Don’t think you won’t need one just because you feel OK or your car looks fine. Injuries like whiplash aren’t always apparent right after an auto accident; the painful symptoms can sometimes take days to be felt.
And just like you aren’t right away, damage to your car isn’t always easy to spot right away either. What looks like a minor ding that another driver assures you will ‘buff out’ could be masking severe structural damage to your vehicle.
Why should you pay up when someone else is at fault? And speaking of fault…
2. Who Was at Fault?
Everything happens so fast in a road accident, and it’s sometimes hard to tell who was at fault.
Maybe the other driver was distracted because they were calling or texting while driving, but don’t want to take responsibility for their actions, so they sue you instead for ‘causing’ the accident. Though this is obviously just plain wrong and unfair, it happens way too often.
A good car accident attorney will help put together a dossier of evidence to protect you against spurious claims, and remember, you’ll likely need this helping hand if/when the other party hires a lawyer too.
Level the field by always calling a lawyer right after an accident.
3. You Need to Get it Right
If a car accident claim gets taken to court, you really only get one shot without the case dragging on for months or even years in an appeals court. And that’s if you’re even allowed to appeal of course.
Already confused? Well, that’s because it’s not your job to know all about the court system and how it works. That’s your lawyer’s job.
The courts don’t make moral judgments based on who’s in the wrong and who’s in the right – they have no way of finding out anything about the case except for what your attorney presents to them on the day of the hearing.
An attorney’s guiding hand will lead your case through all the arcane legal procedures and into the courtroom to make sure that you have the best possible chance of success.
Hire an Attorney Today – Choose Barnes Law Firm
Barnes Law Firm is one of the nation’s top auto accident law firms.
We specialize in helping drivers defend themselves against frivolous lawsuits, and fight for their rights after all sorts of road accidents: car, truck, motorcycle… it doesn’t matter.
We’ll be there for you when it really matters.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.