If you ever are unfortunate enough to be involved in an auto accident, through no fault of your own, it would be in your best interest to hire an automobile accident attorney to represent you because there are many important matters at stake.
First of all, if you do suffer any injuries from the accident, the possibility of being saddled with large medical bills is a very real probability. Your attorney can immediately be involved with the procedures of getting the other party aware of this early on, so they will be aware of their responsibilities.
In no way should you speak on your own behalf from a legal standpoint because of the accident. You will learn early that your attorney will speak for you, because as soon as the accident is over, everything immediately falls into a legal arena. If you say or do the wrong thing, it could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What the situation amounts to after an accident occurs, is that the legal sparring is really going to be between two insurance companies, yours and the insurance company of the person who allegedly caused the accident.
Your attorney will spend considerable time and effort researching the accident and gathering evidence from witnesses, police reports and other forms of evidence that will portray that you were not at fault. The reason for this, unless you were negligent in some way yourself, is because you may need a large settlement to cover medical expenses, be reimbursed for lost wages due to an injury, be reimbursed for pain and suffering, and you may have to endure a lengthy rehabilitation procedure, along with other inconveniences and outright injustices due to an accident caused by another party.
Your attorney will amass the evidence, and suggest to the other insurance company that they settle up, or there will be a court date set. If the other insurance company sees the eventual outcome as not being in their favor, they will not want to go to court, as the damages could be even greater if they were to have to defend the case in a courtroom.
Your attorney will normally take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that if he or she doesn’t win, you pay no fee. If you do win the case, then the attorney fees come out of the amount awarded to you by the court.
Having an experienced automobile accident attorney working in your behalf is an imperative step that has to be taken in order to protect your interests legally after an auto accident.