Were you in a crash and want to learn the nitty gritty of your car accident case? Read this article and contact our Georgia attorneys.
Common Mistakes After a Car Accident
A lot of times when people are injured, they don’t know what to do. A common mistake that people make is not getting an attorney soon enough. In addition to statutes of limitations, you may also be dealing with time notice requirements under your own policy that require you to give notice to your insurer to preserve that claim. Another mistake people often make is getting the wrong attorney. Chances are this is the first time you have been through this process, and there’s not a lot of good information out there to help you determine how you should go about getting your attorney and who you should hire.
Finally, even if you hire the right attorney, don’t make the mistake of not following your attorney’s advice, which can hurt the value of your case.
Hiring a Car Accident Attorney
The attorney you choose can depend on the extent of your injuries and the situation. If you’ve got major injuries from a case, the best rule is to stay away from the firms that do high-volume major advertising because those firms are designed more for minor injury cases. Those are firms that are designed to settle, and have high budgets and high marketing liabilities that they have to cover.
In the case of a car accident with major injuries, you want to get an attorney who is familiar with litigation. If you cannot settle the case without filing a lawsuit, you need an attorney who can handle the process after a lawsuit is filed. You need an attorney who can do that efficiently, and knows how to try a case. Don’t assume that every attorney out there is going to be a good trial lawyer at court or can handle multiple litigation issues.
Injured by a Driver Without Insurance
Finding insurance is mission critical when you have serious injuries. Sometimes in accidents, an accident victim discovers that the at-fault driver that injured them does not have any insurance. In these cases, you need to see if you have uninsured motorist insurance, and you need to make sure you’ve put your own insurance carrier on notice of a bodily injury claim early in the case. You also need to ensure that there’s not another liability policy out there that will cover the at-fault driver. In some scenarios, the at-fault driver may have a commercial general liability policy through their employer, if they are driving a company vehicle when they injure you. The at-fault driver may also be covered by a family member’s liability insurance.
Your attorney can help you determine if you have found all of the insurance coverage that’s out there. Filing your lawsuit can give you access to the subpoenas and civil discovery you need to start uncovering this information.
Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster After a Car Accident
When people are injured in car crashes in Georgia, the insurance company often asks you for a recorded statement. While you will want to put the insurers on notice, you want to stay away from giving recorded statements unless you have an attorney who can participate in the statement. You don’t really know what can be particularly damaging about your case. The biggest fight in many car accident cases is over damages, and your damages are not always clear-cut. If the insurance carrier can get you on a recorded statement minimizing your injuries. Do not give a recorded statement until you’re represented by an attorney who can give you guidance and participate in any statement.
What to Do After a Car Accident
A car accident can be a very stressful experience. One of the most important things you can do after a car crash is to consult with an experienced attorney. This should be someone’s advice and judgment that you can trust. Your attorney will keep you notified of the goings-on of your case. If not, you have hired the wrong attorney.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a car crash and have questions about the nitty gritty of your car accident case? Contact the experienced Georgia car accident lawyers at Princenthal, May & Wilson, LLC, today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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