You are an alert and conscientious driver. When on the road, the safety of yourself, your passengers, and your fellow drivers is your primary concern. Unfortunately, not every driver shares this attitude. Some people routinely disregard traffic rules and engage in the kind of reckless behavior that leads to accidents. If you have been injured in a car crash and it was the fault of the other driver, you have a number of legal options.
Your first action should be to retain the services of a Personal Injury Attorney. Before you file an official claim, you should have the beginnings of a legal strategy in place. The person who caused the accident or their insurance company will do their utmost to discredit and dismiss your claim, and you must be prepared to fight back.
Telling Your Story
A personal injury lawyer will want to hear your side of the story. During the first consultation they will want you to recall the events that led to the accident and all that happened afterward. Your words will be used as the basis of a fully developed legal strategy. Your lawyer will be interested in both the particulars of the accident and how it has affected your life.
Dealing with the Consequences of an Accident
Even if you are able to walk away from a car accident, you should still be seen and evaluated by a physician. You may have sustained internal injury that can only be detected by a doctor. If you suffered severe injuries, then you may need to remain in the hospital weeks or even months. This will lead to a loss of income and the accumulation of medical bills, including expenses for rehabilitative treatment and prescription medicine. When you are well enough to return to your job, you may need to reduce the number of hours you work or be forced into a lower-paying position.
These are financial stresses and strains that you should not have to bear alone. The person who caused the accident should be held accountable for it.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Your lawyer will have the skill and ability to pursue your case to a just outcome. They will be able to gather the facts and bring the relevant bits of law to bear on your case.
Lawyers have access to the kind of professional investigators and scientific experts that can prove your claim. One of the first things your lawyer will do is engage the services of a professional investigator to re-examine the scene of the accident, re-interview witnesses, and make inquiries into the background of the driver. This can produce new leads in a case. If the driver who hit you was under the influence of alcohol, has a documented history of illegal driving behavior, or was involved in distracted driving, your lawyer will find out about it.
Your lawyer will also have science experts testify or make sworn statements on how the accident unfolded and who was at fault.