President Abraham Lincoln, who was also a lawyer, said it right: “A person who is his own lawyer (or she) is a fool.” Anyone involved in a car accident with injuries should immediately contact a personal injury attorney, including those who think they may have caused the accident. Contact a good attorney for a free consultation. Do this before you talk to anyone about the accident. Talk to an attorney before you say anything about the accident to health care providers, family, friends, or anyone from any insurance company.
Here are some reasons why you should hire an attorney after a car accident:
Perhaps you caused the accident, are partially responsible, or were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the car accident occurred. The passengers in your vehicle may have been injured. All of these reasons and more require the representation of legal counsel to ensure that you defend yourself against legal liability and possible criminal prosecution.
2. Determination and proof of fault
Seattle and other states have “no fault” and “fault” negligence laws. Victims of car accident injuries must prove another party’s fault to create their liability for what happened and receive compensation.
Proving who or what caused an accident is a complex process. In many cases, the parties share responsibility for causing the accident. Often, there is an intense dispute over who is to blame. Proof of fault may require accumulating technical data, witness reports, making statements (interviews), and having the testimony of expert witnesses. A person without a lawyer is ill-equipped to take on a challenge such as proving fault. Therefore, it is best to consult with a personal injury attorney Seattle–based.