An accident can distort your ability to think clearly and make rational decisions. In the moment ─ and perhaps even in the days and weeks following the accident, depending upon the severity of the crash ─ you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, and unsure about what to do next.
That being said, there are some things that you should do immediately after an accident occurs. First, you should seek medical help and report the accident to law enforcement. If possible, you should also contact an experienced car accident attorney the day of the crash. Here’s why:
Preserving Evidence of the Wreck
Preserving evidence is extremely important. The sooner you can call an attorney, the sooner he or she can begin gathering important evidence that may not last longer than a few hours or a few days. For example, an attorney can arrive at the scene and take photographs of damage to vehicles, any skid marks or road debris, and immediate injuries. An attorney can also speak with witnesses at the scene or surrounding businesses that may have video footage of the accident.
Some Legal Advice Is Time Sensitive
In addition to collecting evidence at the scene, an attorney can give you legal advice that is time sensitive. For example, your insurance company may call you a day or two after the accident and ask you to give a recorded statement. An attorney may advise you to refrain from giving a recorded statement, so you would be prepared with how to respond when the insurer calls.
An experienced attorney can advise you regarding everything from speaking with an insurance adjuster to filing your claim within the required time-frame.
Car Accident Attorneys Clarify Your Options
Although some car accident claims are simple to file and resolve, others can be more complicated. For example, you may have multiple policies through which you can recover compensation, or filing a car accident lawsuit in Atlanta may be a reasonable option. Your attorney will go over all these options with you, so you don’t have to shoulder the responsibility of researching how to handle your car accident claim.
Legal Consultations Are Free – Completely Free
Many people refrain from contacting a car accident attorney because they are worried that doing so will cost them an arm and a leg. However, the legal team at The Millar Law Firm offer consultations that are 100 percent free. Not only is the consultation free, but there is no obligation to work with the attorney afterward.
In addition, if you decide to hire our firm, legal fees are assessed on a contingent basis, meaning that the attorney does not collect legal fees unless your claim is successful.
If you are ready to start the process of pursuing compensation after a serious car accident, contact the The Millar Law Firm today. You can reach us online to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation.