There is a lot that goes on during and after an automobile accident. As it’s happening, the only thing on your mind is if you and your passengers will be OK.
But once the terror of the moment has passed, there are a lot of questions that people usually have.
The main ones have to do with the next steps following the collision. Who do you call first after the cops? The insurance company? A personal injury lawyer? A family member or friend? There are also a lot of legal questions that will pop up. Here are 6 of the more common queries:
Question 1: How Much will Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney cost?
This depends greatly on what firm you ultimately end up choosing. However, getting a free consultation and being represented for a percentage of what you are rewarded or settling out of court is not uncommon.
Question 2: How Much Is My Case Worth?
This also depends on several factors:
- What type of vehicle was involved in the accident (commercial vehicles award more)
- Damage caused to your person and property
- Severity of injuries
- Treatment/medical requirements
- Missed time at work/lost wages
- Quality of life moving forward
Question 3: What Are Some of the Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Besides having someone to navigate the unfriendly waters of negotiations with insurance companies and other lawyers, you have somebody who will fight for you. You know that your injuries will be dealt with properly and that all necessary paperwork and legwork will be done on time.
Question 4: What Should I Do Following My Car Accident?
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention if you need it. If you are OK, contact local law enforcement. After that, take pictures of the accident and write down some notes to help you remember details.
Question 5: What Are the Most Common Injuries Seen in Car Accidents?
An auto accident can cause injuries, from mild bruises or cuts to serious physical trauma and death in the worst-case scenario. While the worst injuries sustained in vehicle crashes are rare, here are some of the ones personal injury lawyers see more often:
- Broken bones and other fractures
- Internal injuries
- Brain trauma
Question 6: Is It Wise to Speak Directly to the Other Insurance Company?
All we can say is that we highly recommend against it. The insurance company is never on your side. Their sole concern is to get out of the situation for the least amount of money possible. It is strongly suggested you speak with an attorney first.
Any Question Important to You Is Worth Asking
In addition to the questions listed here, there are most likely a few more that apply to your case. Don’t hesitate to speak up and get clarification on anything you don’t fully understand. This matter is far too important for you not to be fully aware of your situation at all times.