Why should you call a lawyer after a being involved in a car accident?

Large auto insurance companies can be notorious for exploiting victims who have been involved in an automobile accident. Although one could file for his or her own injury claim after a possibly traumatic and physically distressing accident, one should reconsider the do-it-yourself route and consider to hire a lawyer to defend a victim’s rights and obtain his or her’s lawful benefits. Many individuals choose the do-it-yourself route when he or she believes the car accident was minor and will require minimal time and effort researching the legal claim process themselves. This could not be further from the truth, as gathering evidence of fault and repairing any damages can be daunting and overwhelming.

But Why Hire An Attorney?

Automobile insurance companies have the ability to dispute a victim’s claim contending that the policyholder is at fault, leaving victims not only with the task of collecting supporting evidence, but with the paying the cost of any applicable medical bills, paying the costs of automotive repairs, and even time off work. Having the professional guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer who is knowledgeable in personal injury laws and procedural rules, can effectively handle all the legwork and provide victims with a strong case to go up against big insurance companies and their team of lawyers, who have the know-how of reducing compensation and even denying the claim altogether; this is why hiring an accident attorney is the most appropriate option for individuals who have been involved in an accident.

Considering possible situations, such as statutes of limitations, hiring a personal injury attorney who can get the claims process going as soon as possible is critical, however, this does not entail for hiring the first attorney one sees on a billboard. When doing research on possible candidates, ensure that he or she focuses on personal injury accidents.

If you find yourself in an accident, these are the steps you should take to ensure the best possible outcome:

  1. Assess your personal well being
  2. Call 911
  3. Get to safety
  4. Exchange insurance information, which includes full name and contact information, insurance company and policy number, driver’s license and license plate number
  5. Document and assess automobile damage, also include the type, color, and model of the vehicle, the location of the accident, the officer’s badge number, a copy of the accident report, and photos of the accident.
  6. Call a Lawyer
  7. Provide all this information to the lawyer, so that they contact the insurance company (It is highly recommended that you do not call the company yourself as any statements made by yourself can be used against you in a later date)

Valencia & Torres Law handles a variety of accident, personal injury, and insurance dispute cases. Whether you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, injured in a mass transportation incident, or any number of other types of accidents, we are here to help. Contact us by calling us at 305-364-5792 or by email at office@