Immediately after an auto accident occurs, there are several important steps to take:
- Seek medical attention (for yourself and the other party, if necessary)
- Exchange contact, driver and insurance information with the other driver or drivers
- Do not talk to the other party’s insurance company about the accident, your injures or who may have caused the collision
- Consult a legal professional about your options
Is hiring an attorney really necessary?
While you are not required to hire an attorney for an auto accident case, it is highly beneficial to have a professional on your side who understands exactly what your case may be worth and what party should be held responsible. Your attorney can also then take the necessary measures to recover just financial compensation on your behalf, either through an insurance claim or in civil court.
How much compensation can I recover for my auto accident claim?
The amount that your auto accident claim is worth will vary depending on quite a few different factors. It is impossible to say what your claim may be worth without a careful evaluation of your injuries, past medical bills, projected future medical expenses, affect the injuries will have on your life and ability to work, and much more. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury lawyer can look over your claim to determine what it should be worth - and then pursue that amount on your behalf.
It is important that you do not discuss the circumstances of your accident with the other driver's insurance company. Of course, they are looking to see whether they should pay for your injuries, or whether you can be held liable and therefore eliminate their liability to pay for their client's actions.
They may ask you questions and may attempt to have you admit that the accident was your fault. Before you talk to the other driver's insurance company, be sure that you talk to a lawyer about your case. If you retain an attorney, they can handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf and therefore help you avoid hurting your chances of making a full financial recovery.
How can you prove that the accident was the fault of the other driver?
At Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, we work with a network of experts in different fields, including accident reconstruction, engineering, medicine and much more. We can use cutting-edge technology to recreate the scene of the accident and go about proving that your actions were not the cause of the accident, but rather that the other party was to blame. We can also use witnesses from the scene, information from the police report and physical evidence on your behalf.
What types of damages can I recover financial compensation for?
In the wake of an auto accident, you may be able to recover financial compensation for: medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Depending on the case, you may be able to recover additional compensation for emotional trauma, future medical care and any loss of earning potential.
Find out more about your auto accident lawsuit by contacting a Tampa car accident attorney at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law. Your initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. We are available 24/7!
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