After being injured in an auto accident, you may wonder if your life will ever get back to normal again. If your injuries were caused by another driver's carelessness, you may be considering hiring a personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. The other driver's insurance company should offer you a fair compensation package, but you should understand that they don't have your best interest at heart. Read on to find out why having your own legal representation in this matter and taking action quickly could make a great deal of difference in your compensation.
1. Witness statements are best done as soon as possible after the accident. Details could fade from the witnesses' memory as time passes, leaving you with inaccurate or sketchy accident details. Don't delay in ensuring that you can have a legal professional who is skilled in witness interview techniques to make contact and do a complete interview with any witnesses. Additionally, witnesses who are not contacted in a timely manner could move away, leaving you without a vital source of eye-witness evidence.
2. Physical evidence, such as a video account of the accident, should be gathered as soon as possible. Businesses are increasingly using cameras in their parking and exterior areas for security purposes, and the possibility that one of these cameras captured your accident is worth investigating. Most of these businesses, however, keep only so much recorded content, since the equipment seldom has unlimited storage capacity. This means that prompt attention to this possible valuable source of evidence is vital.
3. Getting your life back to normal can mean different things to different people, but most people need to get their vehicle repaired or replaced, to get back to work and make sure that their medical bills are being paid. The personal injury claim process can slow to a crawl without an attorney to ensure that evidence is gathered, a letter of demand is sent to the other side, and a deposition is completed. Each and every one of these important milestones could result in a fair settlement offer, so the sooner the process begins, the sooner you will be able to get back to normal.
4. From the moment your accident occurs, the statute of limitations clock begins to tick. Every state has a statute of limitations, but they vary in length of time so check with your attorney for this important deadline. If you fail to file your lawsuit by the end of the stated time period, you will lose your chances to be compensated through the court system.
Contact a personal injury attorney (such as one from Denali Law Group) today to get started on getting the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.