When you have been involved in an accident, it is best to consult with an attorney. Each situation is different, and they know how to guide you through the process to make sure you can receive compensation for personal and property damage. Therefore, it is essential to understand what they need to know and why. They can obtain much of this information during the free consultation.
Information to Provide
Before you walk into an attorney's office, you will want to know the questions they will ask. They are looking for specific information, so come prepared with answers to the following questions and any relevant documentation or evidence (police records, photographs, witness statements, etc.).
- Who caused the accident?
- Did you have any fault in the accident?
- Have you sought medical attention?
- What discussions have you had with insurance agents?
- What pre-existing conditions did you already have?
- Were there any citations issued to either party?
- Have you been offered any settlements?
Why the Questions
It may seem like you are being interrogated when you talk with your attorney. However, every question is to determine whether they can successfully win your case and how much to ask for in a settlement. You want a lawyer who is not afraid to tell you if your case is not strong enough to win and then guide you to the next steps in recovery. This would not be because they do not trust you, but rather because they want to build the strongest response to the other party's insurance company. Speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, and other traffic violations can all prohibit your ability to obtain a settlement.
The information you provide gives them the data needed to calculate a monetary amount. If you were injured, they want to make sure that you receive the complete treatment and aftercare required, as well as any compensation for loss of work. Replacing property damage is difficult, as they will need to determine the value of your car based on age, miles driven, and condition it was in before the accident. It is essential to take caution with how much you inform your insurance company because they are designed to save their company money upon settlements. Once you agree to a payment, you will not be able to seek further compensation.
Car accident lawyers will ask you a lot of questions to make sure they have all the information they need. They can take that information and help you settle.
If you have any questions, reach out to a local car accident attorney.