Being involved in an automobile accident is stressful. Your vehicle has been damaged, you may have been injured, and you are probably experiencing a range of emotions from anger at the person who hit you, to worrying about how you will get to work. As unsettled a time as this is for you, there are a few basic things that you can do to make sure your rights are preserved:
1) Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
-Why? Insurance companies may be asking you to sign various releases and settlement in the days or weeks after an accident, without proper legal counsel, you could jeopardize your ability to obtain a fair settlement or award. Additionally, an attorney can help you identify important documentation that you should keep, the small things can matter!
2) Take photos of everything.
-This includes the vehicles involved, any bruises you have, the scene of the accident, skid marks, property damaged by the vehicles, etc. Do NOT assume that the Police will take pictures, they often do not. Remember, you can never have too much documentation.
3) If you decide to hire an attorney, shop around!
-All attorneys charge different fees. Some attorneys will charge you for photo-copying, postage, phone calls, and email. If the attorney doesn’t tell you up front what their fees are, ask them!
If you have been hurt in an accident and want to discuss your options, call Andrew at Northland Legal Solutions, LLC for a free consultation at 207-530-0102.