What Does a San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Do?
We have thousands of car accident lawyers across the country, yet many car accident victims, unfortunately, do not know what these lawyers actually do.
As a result, victims go without help too often and end up cheated out of compensation by insurance companies. Hiring an attorney after an accident could make a huge difference between the success and denial of your personal injury claim.
At Crosley Law, we are committed to the education and fair treatment of motor vehicle accident victims. We know car accidents can cause serious injury and hardship. That’s why it’s important to us to let accident victims in San Antonio know their options and then work with them to fight for their justice.
In this article, we will cover how an attorney can help you after a car accident and why the insurance company doesn’t want you to hire one.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help During Car Accident Claims
A car crash can cause serious injuries to you and your loved ones, and that may leave you wondering what the next step is for filing your claim.
Remember, it is always important to first seek medical attention for any injuries. After you and your loved ones have been taken care of, call a lawyer to help with your auto accident claim. Your attorneys can provide you with a variety of services to ease the burden of the claim process, some of which you may not even be aware of before you call us.
Finding and Analyzing Evidence
Lawyers who handle auto accident claims know exactly what evidence to look for and analyze at the scene of a car crash. If you or a loved one have been in an accident, it is important to get as many pictures and videos of your car wreck as safely possible. Getting these, and other evidence like your police report and medical bills, to an experienced attorney can increase your chances of success.
A personal injury lawyer will know the value of this evidence and can help you by finding other evidence you may not have access to, such as security footage or eye-witness testimony. Lawyers who specialize in helping victims of auto accidents know the best ways to obtain, compile, and analyze evidence to strengthen your case.
Identifying Other At-Fault Parties and All Relevant Insurance Policies
After an accident, the last thing you want to do is figure out the logistics of who and what caused your accident. An attorney experienced in handling auto accident cases will be able to identify exactly who is at fault and what that will mean for your case. And your lawyer will know how to ask the right questions to discover the cause of your accident and find out how well-insured the other driver is.
For example, in the case of Andrew D, Crosley Law was able to help the victim of a car accident determine that the other driver had been distracted, which caused the crash. Once we discovered this, our attorneys were able to determine exactly how much compensation Andrew was entitled to, including lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
A common myth about car accident lawyers is that you can only hire them after your claim has been denied. However, this is basically the opposite of what is best for your claim.
By hiring an attorney at the beginning of the process, we can file your personal injury claim for you and negotiate with the insurance company if they return an unfair settlement offer.
Filing a Lawsuit
Experienced personal injury attorneys can help you file a lawsuit against the insurance company if they refuse to offer what you deserve during negotiations. A good attorney will know the difference between a fair and unfair offer, so you don’t have to worry about being cheated out of funds that are rightfully yours.
Filing a lawsuit makes the claim an official concern of the court system. It involves filing certain documents and will most likely complicate any dealings with the insurance company. It’s in your best interest to work with an attorney when it comes to filing a lawsuit.
Negotiating Medical Bills and Liens
When costly medical bills start piling up, the pressure they put on you and your loved ones can be frustrating and scary. By hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer, you get peace of mind knowing a legal professional is organizing and handling these costs for you.
Your personal injury attorney will understand how to negotiate any medical bills and liens, so the cost comes out of your settlement instead of your own pocket.
It shouldn’t be your responsibility to pay for someone else’s mistake, and your attorney works hard so you won’t have to.
Providing Space, Time, and Education for Victims
Perhaps the most important job a car accident attorney has is to provide you and your loved ones with space to heal.
By hiring a personal injury attorney, you take the burden of filing, fighting, and figuring out the claim process off you and give it to someone with experience and knowledge. This leaves you with time to recover from your injuries and focus on getting back to your normal life.
Another part of your attorney’s role is providing you with the knowledge to avoid potential mistakes, like accepting an unfair settlement. Many victims don’t realize that once a settlement has been agreed upon, there are no other opportunities to get more money later. Insurance companies know this and will take advantage of those victims who choose not to hire an attorney.
Why Insurance Companies Don’t Want Lawyers Involved After Car Accidents
When you’re in an auto accident, the last thing your insurance company wants is for you to call an experienced lawyer. These companies often downplay the value attorneys can provide to victims.
Some people believe you can only contact a personal injury attorney after your claim has been denied, but the earlier you contact a lawyer, the better your chances of success.
Getting a lawyer involved early in the claim process takes the pressure off you to communicate directly with the insurance company on your own. Once a personal injury attorney gets involved, they can prevent many of the issues that come from waiting to hire legal representation. Claim denials, unfair low settlements, and delayed payments are all preventable when you and your loved ones get help sooner in the claim process.
Crosley Law: Fighting for Auto Accident Victims in San Antonio
If you or a loved one have experienced a life-changing car accident, the last thing you need to worry about is dealing with the insurance company. At Crosley Law, we’re here to listen to your story and fight for you to get the justice you deserve. To schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys, fill out our online contact form or call us at 210-LAW-3000|210-529-3000.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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