While most people know to call their insurance company as soon as possible after a car accident, they do not think to call a lawyer. It doesn't matter if the accident was a small fender-bender or something in which your vehicle was totaled. It doesn't matter if the accident was your fault or not. To ensure that you are treated fairly by your insurance company and are compensated for everything, hiring a lawyer is the only way to go. Here are a few ways calling a lawyer immediately will help you.
Record of the Accident Scene
A lot can be determined at the accident scene if the case ends up in court. While the police will take notes, draw diagrams and take a few pictures, they are not going to be as thorough as a lawyer who is there for your best interests. He or she will take video of the scene and be sure to get in all the small details.
Talk to Witnesses
The police do a very good job talking to witnesses. However, sometimes a witness is not going to open up to them. Many people have a bit of fear when it comes to talking to the police that a lawyer can overcome. If there were passengers in the vehicle that are hurt or in a bit of shock due to the accident, your lawyer will get the immediate pertinent information from them. They will then check back in a few days when they are more able to discuss the crash.
Get You to the Hospital
It is very common for people to think they have no physical injuries after being in a car accident. An experienced car accident attorney knows that it is actually very seldom there are no injuries. He or she will make sure you go to the hospital to be examined and stay at the crash site in your place. Your insurance information will be traded with the other driver and the police, and your car will be towed or driven to where it needs to go. In addition your attorney will make sure to get a copy of the police report. As soon as this is all taken care of, he or she will go to the hospital to check in with you and your doctors.
Having legal representation when you have been involved in a car crash ensures that everything is done for you that you deserve. Even if you are one of the lucky few who is not hurt at all physically, you are going to be a bit mentally shaken up. Let someone with a clear head handle things for you; it will benefit you in the long run.