If you are a resident of Washington, DC (or the surrounding areas) and you drive to work everyday, I’m sure you’re aware that the problems with traffic congestion only seem to be increasing. There are more people riding bikes, driving smart cars and scooters to work than ever before. Unfortunately, one of the results of the increase in population and traffic in the region has also been an increase in the number of accidents and injuries that occur on the road.
Auto accidents are not uncommon. There are millions of car collisions each year and a significant number of them result in injuries to the drivers, passengers or pedestrians. Although many of these accidents appear to have clear liability and obvious injuries, victims who try to settle their claims without legal counsel often regret their decision.
Retaining a lawyer who is experienced, has a trial record, and a list of satisfied clients is essential for any injured claimant if he or she wants to be fully compensated.
Mistakes by Unrepresented Claimants
The following are some of the common mistakes claimants make if they try to handle their own injury case:
- Giving a statement to the adjuster. Shortly after an accident, the other party’s insurer will want a statement from you. In many cases, unrepresented injury claimants will admit to little or no injury from the accident, that they may not have been paying attention, or that an old injury is the real cause of their complaints.
- Not preserving evidence. In an accident where liability is contested, evidence from the scene or from witnesses is crucial. Witnesses need to be quickly interviewed by a skilled investigator. In some cases, other causes like a road defect, an airbag that failed to deploy, or defective brakes or tires may have played a role that only a knowledgeable injury lawyer could discern.
- Not including all responsible parties. There is often more than one cause of an accident and more than one responsible party. If a defective product was involved like a tire, brakes, airbag, or booster seat, then the responsible entity needs to be included in any settlement discussion or lawsuit.
- Failing to file on time. One of the most common errors is a failure to file a lawsuit on time or to timely file a claim against a municipality. Claims against a city or state agency have shorter timelines and have different rules about what needs to included in a claim. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, your injury claim may be lost forever.
- Failing to prove your case. You must prove liability, that your injuries are related to the accident, that your medical expenses are reasonable and related, and that a credible health care provider has documented and concluded that you have a disability that has adversely affected your life. Without proof of clear liability, verified documents, and properly drafted medical reports from the appropriate specialists, your claim may be without merit or have little value.
Be Confident with an Auto Accident Attorney
By retaining an experienced auto accident attorney with a proven trial record and who has handled serious car accident injuries, you can be confident of the following:
- Liability will be established
- The proper parties are made accountable
- All insurance issues are resolved
- Your medical expenses and treatment are monitored
- All evidence is gathered
- All documents to prove your case are obtained
- A skilled negotiator and trial lawyer will get you the compensation you deserve
Don’t try to handle a case that could determine your future and that of your family. Be secure with an auto accident legal professional who will take care of your case the right way.
If you have been injured in a car, bus, motorcycle, bike, or truck accident, you should contact the Law Offices of Duane O. King, today, for a free consultation. Our office will make you aware of your legal options and equip you with the information necessary for you to make the best decision moving forward.