The Benefits of Hiring an Attorney After an Auto Accident
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 15, 2017 in Auto Accidents
Being injured in an auto accident can impose many difficulties into your life, such as expensive medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and dealing with any damage caused to your vehicle or personal property.
These factors can become even more burdensome when you begin filing a claim to attempt to recover compensation for your injuries and losses.
For this reason, it may be in your best interest to consult with a qualified attorney who has experience representing victims who have been hurt in an auto accident. A skilled attorney can provide you valuable assistance during the claims process by helping protect your best interests and maximize the compensation you may be entitled.
An attorney will:
Communicate with the Other Driver’s Insurer
Filing a claim for compensation after suffering an injury will inevitably involve an insurance company and possible attorneys representing the at-fault driver.
When this occurs, it is important to remember that insurers and insurance adjusters likely do not have your best interests in mind and are only concerned with saving money. Insurers will often deny or attempt to reduce the value of auto accident claims by making it seem as if the victim is partially responsible for causing the collision or that his or her injury existed before the collision occurred.
However, having an experienced attorney on your side during the claims process may increase the likelihood that your claim will be handled fairly. Our attorneys are experienced in handling insurance companies and understand the tactics they use to limit the amount they pay for a claim.
We will handle all communication with the at-fault driver’s insurance company so you do not have to. If at any time you are required to speak with an insurer or an adjuster, we will advise you on what to say to an insurance company to make sure it does not affect your claim.
Work to Prove the Other Driver was Negligent
In order to recover compensation after a car accident, you will need to prove that the collision was caused by the other driver’s negligence. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you do this by proving the elements of negligence were present during the accident:
- The at-fault driver owed you a duty to ensure your safety
- The at-fault driver breached this duty by failing to fulfill this obligation
- You suffered an injury that was caused directly by this breach of duty
- Your injury caused you to suffer financial damages
Gather Evidence that Supports Your Claim
A proficient attorney will know how to construct a case on your behalf by obtaining evidence that supports your claim. This could include:
- Video footage of your collision from traffic surveillance cameras.
- Accounts from third-parties who were present during your auto accident and witnessed it.
- Accident reports from law enforcement that states which driver the responding officer believed was at fault.
- Medical records that document your injury and its progress, as well as establish that it occurred during the collision.
Our attorneys will work to gather evidence to prove your claim and hold the at-fault driver accountable for the pain and suffering that he or she has caused you.
Provide Professional Knowledge of Arizona’s Traffic Laws
One of the most beneficial aspects of hiring a qualified attorney is that he or she will have an in-depth understanding of Arizona’s traffic laws. This legal knowledge can prove to be invaluable when you try to prove the other driver is at fault for the collision and liable for your damages.
A qualified attorney will be able to identify which law the at-fault driver violated when he or she caused your collision. Your attorney will then be able to use this information to prove the collision was caused by the at-fault driver’s negligence or recklessness.
Your attorney will also inform you of Arizona’s two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims and work to ensure your claim is properly filed to meet this deadline.
Evaluate Your Claim’s Value
Another benefit of hiring a car accident attorney is that he or she can review your accident claim to accurately estimate its potential worth.
This will be crucial during the claims process when you are negotiating with an insurance company, which might attempt to make an unreasonably low initial offer. Your attorney will recognize if you are being unfairly compensated for your injury and inform you of a realistic amount of compensation you may be owed.
Our attorneys will review the circumstances surrounding your crash to reach a figure that adequately covers your suffering and loss by reviewing:
- The medical expenses you incurred after the collision
- The wages you lost because of your injury if it prevented you from working
- Any past and future income you would have made if you had not been injured by the at-fault driver
- The amount it would cost to repair or replace your vehicle, as well as any personal property that was damaged or lost during the accident
We have recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for auto accident victims and will sternly and effectively negotiate with an insurer to reach an amount that fairly compensates your claim.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Car Accident Attorneys
If you were injured in a car accident, it is important that you do not hesitate to seek a legal consultation to review your claim.
The Phillips Law Group’s reliable auto accident attorneys in Phoenix are ready to help you with your claim to ensure you are fairly compensated for the losses you have suffered.
We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to further discuss how we can benefit you during the claims process. Our experienced legal services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you only have to pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.
Call or text 1-800-706-3000 if you have been injured in an auto accident.