Accidents are sometimes bound to happen no matter how careful you are whilst out on the road. Even when you buckle up for safety before starting your journey, it is best to be prepared for when accident hits you and your family. Read on for some practical tips you can practice to prepare for such adverse circumstances.
Although television commercials distinctly imply otherwise, the auto insurance company is not “on your side” in the wake of a car accident. When money is at stake, the car insurance company, like almost all other businesses, cares only about its bottom line.
That’s the reason personalized legal representation is so important in these situations. An attorney is definitely on your side, because legal fees are based solely on the amount of money you recover. Furthermore, an attorney is an experienced legal advocate who equalizes the fight against the big insurance companies, helping to ensure fair compensation in vehicle collision cases.
Most people will have at least two or three crashes during their driving careers, and it’s important to be ready for the inevitable. Many times, the first few minutes after the accident are critical. What should you do?
Call a Lawyer First
Many of us are conditioned to call the insurance company right after a crash. But that could be a very bad idea, because the employees who answer these calls are usually trained to subtly extract damaging information from the callers. So, by taking such an action, you may be compromising your claim for damages and not even be aware of it until it is too late.
In contrast, good things usually happen when you call an attorney first:
- Lawyers who at least live in the same community are usually more compassionate than out-of-state telephone operators.
- A lawyer can start gathering critical evidence straightaway and give you instructions on how you can assist in this process.
- One fundamental rule of litigation is that the more time the plaintiff has to prepare, the stronger the plaintiff’s court case will eventually be.
Give your attorney’s phone number to a trusted friend or relative who can make this call in your place if you are too injured to do it yourself. [Read more…]