If you have been in a car accident, you may have to decide whether or not the accident is different than a run-of-the-mill accident. The difference can be the dividing line between whether or not you get the right compensation. Certain factors may play a role in whether or not you need a car accident attorney to help you fight any possible charges or receive compensation.
If there’s a serious injury or death, you will probably need an injury attorney. Not only are these accidents traumatic for all parties, but they usually result in complex litigation. The injury damage amounts requested will probably be very high, so it is in your best interests to get an attorney to help you calculate the potential damages and guide you through the various legal claims
If there are multiple parties involved, technicalities can make the situation too complex to handle alone. For example, cargo may leave one vehicle and hit another, which may cause it to fly into the path of another person or car. There might also be a chain reaction of cars. In jurisdictions that have comparative negligence laws that split up the liability, you should hire an attorney to make sure you’re only responsible for your share of the damages.
If the party is uninsured, a lawyer can help you file a civil suit against the uninsured parties in the event your insurance does not cover the accidents.
If you need to collect evidence, you might need a court order for some of the evidence requests. For example, most newer vehicles come equipped with a “black box” that records a few seconds of information during a crash. The information could be court ordered and can give you information on how fast the driver was going as well as whether or not he or she was wearing a seat belt.
If you have any questions on whether or not your case warrants an attorney’s help, call our office today. Remember, fighting any charges that arise out of a car accident as well as making sure you increase your chances of receiving a settlement are contingent upon having the right defense.