Car accident lawyers are lawyers who are usually specialized in personal injury law, and who take on cases involving car accidents. These lawyers’ jobs are to make sure their clients are being treated fairly after an accident.
They make sure the client gets a good amount of compensation from their insurance and/or another person involved in the accident; and they help to ensure that the client can get back to their normal life as soon as possible.
Once a client hires a car accident lawyer, a lot of stress should fall away from the client, as the lawyer will be taking care of a lot of stressful post-accident tasks.
1. Putting together a case
Whether the client is suing another driver or trying to get compensation from their insurance company, the lawyer will need to build a case to help prove that the accident caused the injuries; how those injuries inconvenienced the life of the client and their family – financially, emotionally, and otherwise; and to help negotiate what that should be worth in a dollar value.
2. How the client can help put together a case
By collecting and keeping as many details about the accident as possible, the client will greatly aid their lawyer. As the old adage goes, you can’t make something out of nothing. That’s true here too. By collecting photos, information from anybody involved, information from witnesses, receipts from any medical visits or medications needed as a result of the accident, and any other detail about the accident, the client can present the lawyer with everything they could possibly need to recreate the accident and post-accident life without having ever been there.
If the client finds any other information after the lawyer has already begun putting together the case, they should bring it to their lawyers attention as soon as possible, so that the lawyer may include it in their case.
3. Negotiating the case
Once the case is assembled, the lawyer will need to negotiate on the client’s behalf with the client’s insurance companies, to try and get the most compensation for their injury. Insurers will often try to get clients to settle for less than what they deserve – they are often not really working in the client’s best interest. They will ask a lot of questions and sometimes twist words around to misconstrue their meanings. It can be incredibly stressful.
That’s why the lawyer will be taking care of all of this. They know how insurance companies work and will not be intimidated into taking less than their client deserves.
4. How the client can help with negotiations
The client should avoid saying anything to anyone. During the negotiations phase, the lawyer has to be very careful about the way they word things to ensure that they are not misconstrued to mean something else, thusly losing some of the client’s compensation or losing an entire case. If the client, unaware of the right wording to use to avoid implicating themselves, starts answering questions and making statements, it could undo some of the work the lawyer has done.
The client should avoid making any statements or talking about the case at all without the presence of their lawyer.
5. Taking care of the client
Another important job of a car accident lawyer is to make sure their client is managing alright post-accident. This could mean making sure they have the proper resources available to them for mental and emotional support. It can also mean helping the client organize their bill paying and other life matters that may be difficult to manage.
A car accident lawyer should be most concerned about the client’s well-being.