3 Reasons to hire a lawyer after getting hurt in a car crash

Getting legal counsel after a car wreck could result in many benefits ranging from administrative help to a greater knowledge of compensation calculations.

Every day, people in Phoenix depend on their vehicles to get to work, school and elsewhere, and anticipate safe, productive trips. However, accidents can happen. Data released by the Arizona Department of Transportation showed that there were 109,554 vehicle accidents in 2014, and indicated that 34,451 of them caused injuries. When people have been hurt in a car crash, there are three reasons why they should consider hiring an attorney.

1. Gathers details about what happened

Many people are so overwhelmed immediately after getting in a wreck that they find it hard to think straight, especially regarding what to do next. Attorneys can provide them with the right questions to ask and can carefully compile the information received to determine how to best proceed.

In addition to helping victims of accidents gather information, lawyers may even visit crash sites and interview witnesses. They often will recreate the accident in order to gather additional details as well as talk to victims' doctors to understand the full impact that the accident has had on them.

2. Handles administrative needs

While attempting to cope with all the changes the aftermath has caused, some victims delay getting rest and treatment because they are trying to talk to insurance companies and fill out paperwork. Lawyers can take care of those administrative necessities on behalf of their clients. This gives victims the ability to get timely medical evaluations or follow-up treatments.

Follow-up appointments can be crucial to keep because there are some injuries sustained during car accidents, such as those involving the spinal cord, which could get worse over time. According to the Mayo Clinic, automobile and motorcycle accidents cause 35 percent of new spinal cord injuries annually. If the injured area bleeds, accumulates fluid or swells up days or even weeks later, further spinal cord damage can occur.

3. Explains how compensation is determined

Compensation for another's act of negligence can be complex and if people are not careful, they could receive less than what they are actually entitled to. An attorney can help them understand how compensation works and show them the variables that may be used to calculate the final amount. These variables include the following:

  • Lost income due to time off work
  • Medical-related expenses
  • The presence of permanent or temporary disabilities
  • Physical pain
  • Mental and emotional suffering

There is not a precise method used to calculate the monetary value of personal injury claims, so insurance adjusters often use formulas to calculate the perceived worth. However, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to offer a settlement that is much lower. An attorney can examine that settlement and then negotiate for an amount that is more appropriate.

People who have questions about legal options associated with motor vehicle accidents in Arizona may want to meet with a lawyer to get answers.