General Car Accident Attorney Information
Were you and/or a loved one recently in an auto accident? Do you need a car accident attorney?
If you were recently in a car crash, you are probably wondering about how you will work with the insurance company to recover from damages to your person and your car. For those at fault in an accident, these issues are handled in a straight forward fashion with their insurance. However, if you are the victim in an automobile accident, you should be thinking about hiring a lawyer to help you recover money to pay for your pain and suffering, hospital bills, lost wages and other accident related damages.
Recovering what is owed to you from the driver’s insurance company can only be achieved through settlement negotiations or by going to court. Both of these things are what good car accident attorneys are good at.
Your case is made easier if the other driver has been cited for a violation. Some typical things that drivers are cited for and/or facts that might appear on a ticket they receive are as follows:
Being Distracted While Driving: (Examples – talking on the phone or texting, rubbernecking other accidents, fiddling with music, looking at the scenery, and paying attention to other passengers;
Driving while Drowsy: (Examples – driving for long periods of time, driving under the effects of medication and driving at night);
Driving under the Influence of Alcohol (even if you are not legally drunk); Speeding;
Driving Aggressively (Examples – tailgating, failing to yield the right of way, road rage, disregarding, traffic signals, and changing lanes frequently;
Driving in Bad Weather (Examples – rain, snow, fog, ice, sleet, and wind)
Who are victims of a car wreck?
Victims in an automobile accident are anyone who suffers injury as a result of a car wreck due to the fault of others. This would include car’s driver, passengers, by-standers, and even the wife or husband of an injured person.
Do you have to talk to the driver’s insurance company?
If contacted by the other driver’s insurance company, provide them with no more than the basic contact information before you have a chance to speak with your car accident attorney. They may try to get you to admit to something that will hurt your case. Remember, they are not on your side no matter how nice they may sound. Once you get an attorney, they will handle all of those issues for you.
What are the typical types of recoverable damages?
The typical category of damages include: damages to your car; pain and suffering; current and future medical bills; loss of wages; permanent injury awards and punitive damages (damages designed to punish the other driver for his or her action).