After a serious car accident, many drivers and passengers who are injured may not know what legal actions to take. One of the most crucial steps that a victim of a car accident should take is to hire an experienced legal representative as soon as possible. A skilled car accident lawyer can investigate the accident, file a personal injury claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and pursue litigation in court. If your case goes to a deposition, civil jury trial, mediation, or binding arbitration hearing, your attorney can represent you and fight for your legal rights.
During a court proceeding, your lawyer can present compelling arguments on your behalf, introduce favorable evidence and witness testimony, and help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Your lawyer will work tirelessly to help you recover from your injuries and losses and seek justice for the harm you suffered in the accident.
After being involved in a car accident, it is crucial to have a skilled car wreck lawyer like Brian Brunson by your side throughout the entire legal process. By promptly seeking the assistance of our office, you significantly increase the likelihood of obtaining substantial financial compensation for all the injuries you have sustained.
Step #1 – The Investigation
In the event of a car accident, it may be necessary for the victim or their legal representative to enlist the expertise of an accident reconstructionist. This professional is skilled in examining the circumstances surrounding the accident and can reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the collision. By visiting the accident site, interviewing the victim, analyzing police reports, and speaking with witnesses, the accident reconstructionist can determine who is at fault. Furthermore, they can compile their findings into a comprehensive report and provide testimony during a discovery deposition or jury trial to support the accident victim’s case.
Step #2 – Dealing With the Insurance Claim/Company
The Law Office of Brian Brunson will provide assistance in filing your personal injury claim. In most cases, we will submit this claim to the motor vehicle insurance company of the driver at fault, which is known as a third-party claim. However, if the at-fault driver lacks insurance coverage or their coverage is inadequate to cover the victim’s losses, the victim’s attorney can file a first-party claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. These types of claims are handled by the victim’s own insurance company.
When preparing the necessary documents for the claim, a personal injury attorney will typically include several key pieces of evidence. This may involve providing copies of the police report and any statements made by eyewitnesses to the accident. Additionally, the attorney will gather medical treatment records and bills to demonstrate the extent of the victim’s injuries and the associated expenses. To further support the claim, the attorney may include footage from body cameras or regular cameras that captured the accident as it occurred. Photographs of the property damage and visible injuries sustained by the victim will also be included. Furthermore, the attorney may request tax return documents from previous years and lost income documents to establish the financial impact of the accident on the victim, including the number of missed workdays and the total amount of compensation lost.
Step #3 – Obtaining Financial Compensation
It is common for car accident settlement offers to be initially low, which means that the victim’s lawyer will often have to engage in negotiations with the insurance company to secure a higher amount. These negotiations involve a series of demands and counteroffers between the personal injury attorney and the insurance adjuster, and can continue until a satisfactory settlement is reached or the talks fall apart. If the latter occurs, the victim’s lawyer may choose to initiate legal proceedings by filing a lawsuit in court.
Step #4 – Getting You Medical Treatment
If you were seriously injured in your accident, it is crucial to adhere to your treatment plan and undergo all the essential medical treatments if you have experienced any of these injuries in a recent car accident. Following a car accident, emergency room physicians often advise seriously injured victims to seek follow-up care for their well-being and recovery.
For example, an accident victim might need to undergo a medical procedure, such as surgery, or consult with various medical experts, including orthopedists and neurologists. Moreover, if the accident victim has to undergo a surgical procedure, they may need to attend regular physical therapy sessions to gain back the use of their injured body part(s).
Completing a treatment regimen is crucial to a personal injury claim or lawsuit. First, ongoing medical treatment helps to ensure that the accident victim makes a full recovery from their injury or injuries. Ongoing treatment also shows insurance company representatives that your injuries are severe and that you deserve to recover monetary damages for those injuries.
Step #5 – Filing a Lawsuit If Necessary
In the event that you choose to pursue a jury trial or binding arbitration hearing, your attorney will serve as your representative and diligently present evidence on your behalf. Additionally, your attorney may call upon witnesses to testify and advocate for your interests at the appropriate stages of the process.
Should the insurance company refuse to provide a fair settlement, your attorney has the option to file a lawsuit and engage in litigation within the court system. However, it is important to note that even after initiating a lawsuit, there remains the possibility of reaching a settlement in your case. In fact, a significant number of car accident claims are resolved through settlement during the litigation process, without proceeding to a full civil jury trial.
Throughout the litigation process, both parties will be required to respond to written inquiries, participate in discovery depositions, and attend one or more settlement conferences overseen by the court. If the case remains unresolved by the conclusion of litigation, the parties may proceed to present evidence during a civil jury trial, where the jury will determine the appropriate amount of monetary damages to be awarded to the injured accident victim. Alternatively, the parties may explore mediation or binding arbitration as alternative methods to resolve the dispute, instead of opting for a jury trial.
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