After an auto accident, many victims believe they should wait until their wounds fully heal before talking to an attorney, while others believe the other driver’s insurance company will eventually make a fair offer. Unfortunately, this approach can actually harm your case, minimizing your award or causing you to lose your right to compensation entirely. If you’ve been hurt by a careless driver, it’s always in your best interests to speak to a personal injury attorney immediately.
Why You Need Prompt Legal Counsel After an Accident
Protection From Common Mistakes
Immediately after an accident, the insurance company may contact you, asking for an official statement about the crash. While the adjuster may seem sympathetic, even offhand comments made during these interviews can be taken out of context and used against you. Hiring an experienced injury attorney before speaking to the insurer will help you avoid common, potentially disastrous mistakes.
Collecting Evidence to Build Your Case
Successfully pursuing a personal injury claim often means conducting your own investigation to reconstruct the accident. Over time, the memories of witnesses fade, evidence can be destroyed by the weather, and factors that contributed to the crash can be corrected. The sooner your attorney begins collecting evidence, the stronger your personal injury claim will be.
Avoiding the Statute of Limitations
Every state places strict time limits on a victim’s right to compensation, after which your claim will likely be dismissed. In Virginia, for instance, if you don’t take action within two years of the accident, you will likely lose your right to compensation forever.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver, the legal team at The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates has the expertise and professional resources to help you pursue justice. Their attorneys have represented auto accident victims throughout southwest Virginia since 1979, providing the caring service you need to get life back on track. Visit their website for more on their background and experience, get more legal tips on Twitter, or call (540) 342-2000 to schedule a consultation with a compassionate attorney today.