What Does a Car Accident Lawyer Do?
If you’ve been hurt in a car crash, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. While car accident victims in Mississippi have clear legal rights, asserting these legal rights requires a clear understanding of the law. It also requires the ability to accurately calculate the full extent of your current and future losses and deal with insurance companies effectively.
A compassionate car accident lawyer at Roberts Wilson, P.A. can help. Our attorneys are passionate about helping our neighbors throughout Mississippi recover the maximum compensation they need to move forward after a serious crash.
7 Ways a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You in Mississippi
If you hire a car accident lawyer, what can you expect? What does a car accident lawyer do? Here are seven ways a we can help you after you’ve been injured in a collision:
1. Determine the Cause of Your Car Accident
To recover financial compensation for your car accident, you need to know why the accident happened. Your lawyer can determine the cause of the accident by conducting a thorough investigation. Your lawyer can send an investigator to the scene to take photos and collect forensic evidence, and your lawyer can work to obtain video footage, phone records and receipts, and any other evidence that may be available to prove what led to your collision.
2. Determine Who (or What Company) is Responsible
After determining the cause of your car accident, your lawyer will be able to determine who (or what company) is responsible. Many car accidents result from driver negligence; and, if you got hit by a negligent driver, your lawyer will be able to file a claim under the driver’s insurance policy. Auto insurance is mandatory in Mississippi, so the driver who hit you should have coverage.
But, you could have other claims as well. For example, if the other driver was working at the time of the accident, his or her employer could be liable. Or, if a road or vehicle defect played a role in the crash, you may have a claim against the government or your manufacturer. When you hire a lawyer, your lawyer will make sure you file the right claims so that you can recover the financial compensation you deserve.
3. Help You Avoid Costly Mistakes
Another important way a car accident lawyer can help you is by telling you about the mistakes you need to avoid. When you have a car accident case, even simple mistakes can prove incredibly costly. During your free initial consultation, your lawyer will walk you through what not to do while your case is pending.
4. Deal with the Insurance Companies for You
In the vast majority of cases, recovering financial compensation for accident-related injuries involves dealing with insurance companies. While the insurance companies will try to lowball you if you handle your claim on your own, your lawyer can hold the insurance companies accountable and make sure you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
5. Calculate Just Compensation for Your Losses
Making informed decisions about settlement requires a clear understanding of the costs of your car accident. This includes not only your financial costs (i.e., medical bills and lost wages), but your non-financial costs (i.e., pain and suffering) as well. Your car accident lawyer can calculate these costs for you and then prove them to the insurance companies.
6. Help You Decide When (and if) to Settle Your Claim
Deciding when (and if) to settle is one of the most important decisions you will need to make during your car accident claim. If you settle for less than you deserve, you won’t be able to go back and ask for more. If the insurance companies make a settlement offer, your lawyer can help you understand how much you will take home, and then you can use this information to make the best decision for you and your family.
7. Make Sure You Don’t Leave Questions Unanswered (or Leave Money on the Table)
When your car accident claim is over, you need to feel confident that you did everything you possibly could to maximize your financial recovery. One of the most important things a car accident lawyer can do is make sure you don’t leave any questions unanswered (or leave any money on the table).
Do you need to talk to a car accident lawyer? If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Mississippi, we strongly encourage you to contact us for a FREE consultation about your legal rights.
To schedule an appointment as soon as possible, call (662) 533-9111 or get in touch online today.