Were you injured in a car wreck? Learn what you should know about your car accident claim in this article. Then, contact our Atlanta attorney.
Choosing a Car Accident Attorney
Car wrecks are things that people in the community deal with on a regular basis. People frequently ask me how they should go about hiring the best lawyer for that situation. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration. The first one is the experience of the lawyer that would be handling the case. There are a lot of things that go into investigating and working up car wreck cases. If you have someone representing you who’s not handling car wreck cases on a daily basis, there are a lot of things that they may miss and not know to look for that can severely harm the value of your case.
At the Gunnels Law Firm, we handle car wreck cases on a daily basis, so we know all the ins and outs. You don’t want to find yourself being represented by an attorney who handles all varieties of cases and doesn’t spend the vast majority of their time on personal injury.
Another thing to keep in mind is you want someone who knows what the insurance companies see as being factors that motivate good settlement offers. If you’re not working up the case properly, insurance companies aren’t going to pay much attention to you. There are pressure points in all these cases, and you have to have an attorney who knows these pressure points to be able to get the best resolution for you.
You also want to make sure that you have an attorney who is to take a car wreck case to trial. Insurance companies keep a list of attorneys who try cases and those who don’t. You can guarantee that the attorneys who don’t try cases are not going to get as good of offers as the attorneys who do. It is the fear of what a jury may do with a case that really motivates an insurance company to put their best offers on the table.
At the Gunnels Law Firm, we are frequently in court trying cases. We know how to work them up from start to finish, and how to present them to a jury when necessary. Always make sure that you have an attorney who has extensive experience in these areas and can take the case all the way through to the finish line.
Collecting Evidence in a Car Accident Claim
One of the most important reasons to contact a personal injury attorney immediately after you’ve been injured in a car wreck is that the attorney needs to begin preserving evidence and investigating the claim. The longer you wait before contacting an attorney, the less time he or she will have to preserve evidence and uncover the full story of what caused the wreck. That story is very important to the claim, and attorneys want to begin an investigation as soon as possible. Things like skid marks on the road don’t last very long, and witnesses tend to disappear if you don’t gather that information immediately.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle wreck, please contact an experienced attorney immediately so that he or she may begin gathering all of the necessary evidence to present your case in the best light when the time comes. If you’ve been injured and you need our assistance at the Gunnels Law Firm, please contact us. We are glad to help.
Proving Liability in a Multi-Vehicle Accident
One thing that often confuses people that have been involved in a motor vehicle collision is who’s responsible when multiple vehicles are involved. In congested areas such as Metro Atlanta, car wrecks often involve more than two vehicles. The first thing to look for is who the responding officer found to be at fault for the wreck. Usually it is just one vehicle, and the responding officer will investigate and make that determination. While that determination is not binding upon a jury, it is certainly very persuasive evidence to have. In most situations, it will be one vehicle that caused a collision that then impacted another vehicle. In that situation, there is one at-fault party and two potential personal injury claimants.
It is important to, from the very beginning in those situations, have an attorney who can investigate the claim and preserve all of the necessary evidence to present that claim. It is not uncommon at all when multiple vehicles are involved for defendants or insurance companies to try to shift blame to one of the other parties. In that situation, it is imperative that you have an attorney who is experienced in handling and negotiating these claims. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident where multiple parties were involved, please give us a call so we can help you determine the proper at-fault party and help you work through your claim.
Car Accident Recorded Statement
We’re often asked by people whether they should give a recorded statement to the at-fault party’s insurance company when one is requested. The answer to this is, no, don’t ever do that, especially without a lawyer present. When a car wreck has occurred, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will often ask the injured party to give a recorded statement of what occurred. The injured party may think they’re doing their claim a service in making it, but in reality they are only causing hurting themselves. Insurance companies utilize trained insurance adjusters who will ask questions that may be confusing and misleading. Don’t ever participate in one of these statements, especially without the presence of your attorney.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in an automobile wreck in Georgia and have questions about what you should know about your car accident claim?
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