Whether you were in a minor fender bender or a life-changing event, if you were in a car accident, there is a chance that the other driver will try to file a lawsuit or that you will need to file a lawsuit against the other driver. In either case, it is critical to retain the services of an auto accident attorney to protect yourself and your financial future.
Here are a few questions you need to ask your attorney if you were involved in a car accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim Against the Other Driver?
The statute of limitations to file a claim against the other driver, and conversely how long the other driver has to file a claim against you, is dependent upon where you live. Additionally, depending upon the state in which you live, there are also various deadlines in place for you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver and a lawsuit for damage to your vehicle.
Your attorney can ensure the necessary paperwork is filed properly and with plenty of time to spare to ensure that you do not pass the deadline and that you are able to receive the compensation you deserve.
What Information Do You Need From Me?
To file a successful claim, your attorney will require several documents from you. These documents will be combined with the attorney's research and reports to create a comprehensive argument in your favor. The attorney will require a copy of your medical records, a police report, and any evidence you have to support your claim.
For example, provide your attorney with a list of witnesses to the accident, statements provided by witnesses, and photos you took of your vehicle and any injuries you and the other passengers sustained during the accident.
How Long Will the Process Take?
Finally, one of the most important questions you probably have about your case is simple: How long will it take to receive any compensation to which you are entitled? Unfortunately, this is a tricky question because there are several factors involved in bringing a personal injury lawsuit to completion.
For example, if the other driver's insurance company is unwilling to settle or you do not accept any of the insurance company's settlement offers, you could go back and forth for several months or, in rare cases, wind up in court.
Asking the right questions to your attorney can help you understand what to expect after you are involved in an automobile accident.
For more information, contact an auto accident attorney.