Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Car accidents are common, and most of us have a general idea of what to do. Yes, make sure nobody is hurt; yes, exchange insurance and contact information; and yes, take pictures of the damage. Such basic knowledge might be enough for minor accidents; however, for accidents involving more serious damage or injury, you should hire a lawyer. Why?
Car accidents often open the door to complex disputes involving not only the drivers, but also their insurers. Various claims can be available to the victim of the accident, and damages can amount to a hefty chunk. Without a lawyer who has knowledge of the relevant laws and is trained in negotiation and litigation, you might not realize all your options and will likely miss out on your right to recover. This is especially true when you are facing an insurance company; insurance companies prepare contracts in anticipation of litigation, and the contracts tend to be riddled with legal terms and complex provisions. Without help from a knowledgeable lawyer, it will be difficult to prevail against insurance companies. Therefore, we suggest that you hire a lawyer. Regardless of your decision, here is important advice many do not know: only communicate essential information when you've been in an accident. Whatever you say to anyone following an accident can be used against you. For example, if you apologize to the other driver for any mistake you think you may have made – or even just out of politeness – the other driver may use your words to suggest that you were at fault. Similarly, anything you say to a bystander can be used against you. So, in the unfortunate event that you get into a car accident, be mindful of what you say. Remember: only communicate essential information. Don't risk not having a lawyer by your side after a car accident. The results could be devastating. Brinkley Law has experience handling car accident cases, from serious to minor injuries to wrongful death. Brinkley Law is ready to fight for you and offer you the service you deserve. For more information, contact us at any time at 317-643-1813.