Learn what you need to know when working with an auto accident lawyer.
If you’ve never been involved in a car accident before, you might wonder what criteria the incident needs to meet so an auto accident lawyer will be interested in taking the case. You may have heard horror stories from people who tell you that lawyers are only interested in cases worth a lot of money to them. You might even think your case is without merit.
While not all car accidents will be worth enlisting the help of an attorney, when you are seriously injured in an accident it is wise to get qualified legal counsel to help you receive the monetary damages your family will need to cover medical costs, time out of work, and possibly pain and suffering.
What Questions Will an Auto Accident Lawyer Ask?
If you’ve had an accident, there are a few things your attorney will want to know before you proceed in your case to seek damages. Here are some common issues you can expect your personal injury attorney to cover before you move forward to build your case:
- Who is at fault?
If you are injured in a car accident and are seeking damages, the attorney is going to want to verify you were not at fault. If there’s a police report stating the other driver was at fault, this will certainly help in your case.
If there is no police report, or if you disagree with the police report, discuss the specific issues with your attorney, and he or she can tell you whether it’s appropriate to proceed. If you were at fault, for instance, if you were also arrested for driving under the influence, there’s very little an attorney can do to press a case against the non-guilty party.
- Are there damages?
Most attorneys will not press a suit in the case of a fender bender. If there are no medical damages and no significant property damages, there’s not much reason to incur legal fees and court costs. However, if the accident results in permanent injuries, time off of work, and other long-term hardships, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel and pursue the best means of monetary damages.
- What is the guilty party’s situation and means?
If the driver of the other vehicle is not insured, it may not do you much good to press a case for damages he or she will never be able to pay. Often, in these cases, the injured party only collects from their own insurance policy. However, in cases where the other driver is insured or working for a larger entity, there might be ample resources to seek damages.
Are You In Need of an Auto Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident which has caused you serious medical or property damages, it’s always a good idea to consult with an attorney about your options. In some cases, there may not be legal recourse. But in many situations, there are avenues to seek monetary damages, which can help you and your family members get back on their feet. Contact our team of qualified auto accident attorneys at Titus Law today.