Did you know that, according to the NHTSA, there are approximately 5.5 million car accidents in the U.S. every year?
Even the best drivers will likely end up involved in an accident sooner or later. In just the few seconds it takes to be distracted by an animal near the road or a cup that won’t fit into its holder, an accident can happen. Here are three tips to keep in mind if and when you find yourself in such a position.
1. What Do You Do After a Car Accident?
Not surprisingly, it can be difficult to gather your thoughts and act logically after being in a crash. There are several steps you should take, however, in order to make sure any insurance claims that need to be made are processed without incident. It’s a good idea to contact your insurance company, as well as an attorney, right away. Never admit fault or explain what your coverage limits are to the other driver, and call the police. What do you do after a car accident with your camera? According to Geico insurance, you should photograph the damage, the accident scene, location identifiers (street signs, etc.) and ID (both driver’s and insurance).
2. Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Not everyone who gets in a crash needs auto injury attorneys. If the damage is fairly minor, for example, hiring a lawyer will only drive up your final costs. In a more major accident, though, that totals up hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage, a personal injury lawyer can be a good individual to have on your side of the ring. They can help you prove fault, and will help make sure that any injuries you received as a result of the crash are covered by insurance. Considering that some accident laws can result in large fines or even license suspensions, having a lawyer at hand can be a wise decision.
3. How to Find an Attorney
Did you know that in 2010, there were about 1,225,500 licensed lawyers in the U.S.? Not all of these lawyers, however, will be the right ones to handle your case. So how do you find the right one? First, you want to look for lawyers who specialize in the area of law you will be dealing with. Second, you should interview at least three different lawyers; don’t just hire the first one you talk to. Look for someone who seems organized, not too busy so that they can devote adequate time to your case, and whom you can communicate easily with. Ask about fees and what your options are for payment.