As an average Joe, you pay your taxes and stay out of other peoples’ business. You go to work every day and you come home religiously. Life is okay, not great but you manage.
The day starts like any other: You wake up to your morning coffee before you head to work. You hop in the car and you’re on your way. But then someone else decides to disrupt that routine; they weren’t looking, ran a stop sign and T-boned you at an intersection.
It’s okay, you and millions of other Americans get into accidents every year. But the other person makes the situation worse saying that it wasn’t their fault but yours instead.
So what do you do? If this isn’t resolved cordially, maybe you need to seek legal counsel. But before you do that, here are some tips that you should do before contacting a lawyer.
What You Should Do
The situation may seem like its immediate. But before you reach out to a lawyer, there are some important things to know and/or do.
Have All Your Documents/Evidence
When getting in a situation like this, it is imperative you gather any and all evidence from the scene. This includes taking pictures of the scene, retrieving the other party’s information, any police documentation of the incident, and anything that can prove your point.
From there you should make sure to scan and compile it to be sent to the attorney when the time comes. Having as much documentation to corroborate your story can go a long way to settling a claim.
Do Your Research
This important to the success of your case. It is good to come into the situation at least basically knowledgeable on what can and cannot be done. This makes the job of the attorney easier and more effective.
Lawyers must have as much information as possible to make a case turn in your favor. So you should learn more and come with as much information as you can.
Lawyers May Not Take Your Case
This goes hand-in-hand with doing your research. Not all lawyers are created equal, literally. Just like any industry, law is specialized. Not every lawyer can represent you effectively for your specific case.
For perspective, in an industry of almost one and a half million attorneys, less than ten percent specialize or do personal injury law. That still leaves quite a few lawyers for you to choose from, but you must still choose the one who will represent you most effectively.
Seek Legal Counsel
Sometimes life T-bones you will unforeseen circumstances. But you shouldn’t let it beat you. Once you have done these steps, you should contact your attorney and seek legal counsel immediately.
Never go to an attorney without proper research because knowing is half the battle. But also make sure you pick the best lawyer that can represent you in the best way possible.
You deserve to get back to your normal life, let a lawyer help you get that peace back.