The effects of a car accident can be devastating. You could end up with severe injuries, long-term medical costs, and a damaged car. There is an added pressure of dealing with your insurance company or the insurers of the other parties in the accident. For these reasons, it's advisable to work with an attorney to relieve you of such burdens. Here's what to expect from an auto accident attorney.
Open Communication With the Other Party's Insurer
If another motorist's recklessness causes your accident, you will want to reach out to them and their insurer. Unfortunately, you may not have the means to reach them. Alternatively, you may be so severely injured that you are unable to hold effective communication. Your auto accident lawyer is familiar with all the insurance companies in your city and their claim adjusters. They will initiate the communication on your behalf and arrange meetings if needed.
Obtain Liability Evidence
Accidents happen so fast, and you may not be in a position to collect the evidence that can prove the other party's fault for the accident. Calling your attorney when the accident happens can help them to gather evidence that will strengthen your case. Once they arrive at the accident scene, they can take photographs and collect testimonies regarding what happened. They will then present this evidence to the insurers when arguing your case.
Produce the Needed Documentation
Car accident cases can be complicated, and you need to produce substantial records to prove you deserve compensation. Remember, the other party will also be working to prove they were not at fault. Your attorney will obtain medical reports proving the severity of your injuries. If the medical reports are not available, they will collaborate with the medical experts to produce new ones.
Your lawyer will also need to review police and any other investigative body's reports concerning the accident. These reports are essential in convincing the insurers the other party was responsible for the accident.
Negotiate With Defendants/Insurers on Your Behalf
The defendant or insurer should agree to pay your claim amount without hesitation. But in reality, insurers tend to propose an inadequate settlement offer hoping you will accept it. Once you accept the settlement, you lose the right to make or negotiate any further claims. Your attorney will know when the offer proposed by the insurer or defendant is inadequate. They will continue to negotiate until you get a fair settlement. Contact an auto accident attorney for more information.