Time marches on after an accident. For some accident victims, however, time seems to stand still while they deal with their injuries and other accident-related issues. When it comes to seeking compensation from the other driver, time is an important factor. Read on and learn why speaking to an accident lawyer is best done sooner rather than later.
Beware the Other Side
In this case, the other side refers to the driver that caused the accident and their insurers. Some accident victims are contacted soon after the accident by the other side and asked to provide information. This phone call is part of their investigation, and the phone call is recorded. Victims are seldom up to speaking about the accident at this time and they might accidentally misspeak. They can easily mess up their compensation chances in that way. Don't talk to anyone about the accident except your own insurer and your personal injury lawyer. You are not required to speak to the other driver's insurer no matter what they tell you.
Be Aware of Early Offers
It's not unusual for a phone call from the other side to conclude with an offer for a settlement. Far too many victims accept the money believing that they have no choice. In all likelihood, the offer is far from enough and does not contain lost wages and pain and suffering. Never agree to a settlement without the advice of a personal injury lawyer.
Capture Important Evidence
Evidence is not only useful in criminal cases. After an accident, evidence is used to determine who caused the accident and how much should be paid to the victim. Accident evidence, such as eyewitness statements, may be lost if not gathered quickly. Speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after an accident.
Your lawyer will begin gathering evidence that attests to both accident fault and provides proof of your damages. For example, lawyers usually have victims sign a release giving them access to important medical records. That proves how much is owed for both medical expenses, and sometimes, for pain and suffering awards.
Don't Let Time Run Out
The statute of limitations can affect how long victims have to take action after an accident. The clock starts running at the moment of the accident and can go on for several years. However, if you wait past the time allowed, you cannot take action and be paid for your damages. Avoid that by speaking to a personal injury lawyer so that your case can be investigated, and preparations made for a settlement or a lawsuit.