IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION?
Posted on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 2:17 am
When you are in a traffic-related accident, you call 911 to have the police come to the scene to investigate the crash. The police officer files an accident report based on his or her investigation. However, this report may not include all information related to the crash. Furthermore, the officer may not have considered everything when he or she made a decision regarding fault.
Because proving fault is essential for recovering damages in a personal injury case, you need an experienced Sacramento attorney to conduct an independent accident investigation as soon as possible. Call (916) 999-9000 to schedule your free appointment when one of our attorneys to discuss your claim in further detail.
Waiting to Contact an Attorney
One of the biggest mistakes a person makes after an accident is waiting to contact an attorney. Part of preparing a case for settlement or trial is identifying and preserving key evidence used to prove fault. To recover money for your claim, you must prove the other driver caused the collision. You need to gather evidence as soon as possible before the evidence is destroyed or lost. Furthermore, you need to obtain statements from eyewitnesses before memories fade as months or years pass.
In some cases, we may need to retain the services of an accident reconstructionist to prove how the collision occurred. It is much more difficult for the expert to reconstruct the collision if too much time has passed and the physical evidence at the accident scene has changed or is not available. Hiring an attorney early in your case increases the chance that you will obtain key evidence to prove fault.
Taking Your Claim Seriously
In addition to investigating the accident to gather evidence, hiring a personal injury attorney can signal to the adjuster that you are taking your claim seriously. Your injury lawyer can handle all matters related to the claim, including the dealing with the adjuster so that you can focus on your health. In addition, the adjuster knows that you are prepared to file a lawsuit and go to court if your claim is not treated in a fair and just manner.
Don’t Let Your Claim Be Denied or Ignored
The insurance adjuster is not working for you — he works for the insurance company. You need someone on your side who has your best interest as his top priority. Furthermore, you need someone who understands how to investigate your accident and use the laws governing personal injury claims to maximize your chance of recovering full value for your claim.
Don’t wait to contact an attorney to discuss your accident claim. The sooner you retain counsel, the sooner you can focus on your health and family. You also increase your chance of settling your claim quickly and for a higher amount because your attorney can work toward preparing a strong demand for settlement using evidence obtained from his accident investigation.
For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact The Tiemann Law Firm by telephone at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website. Our law firm serves clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area.