A Car Accident Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights
Being involved in a motor vehicle crash of any kind can be devastating. When it involves your personal vehicle, there are several unique considerations. In addition to coping with any injuries you have suffered, you must also find a way to replace or repair your vehicle so you can continue to transport yourself to work, take your children to school, and perform other necessary tasks. It is advisable for victims of motor vehicle accidents to hire skilled personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. There will often be the need to take quick action following an auto accident to preserve and protect the victim’s rights. If you or someone you love has been involved in a collision, schedule a consultation with a car accident lawyer at our Boise, ID, firm.
Evidence at an Accident Scene
Evidence such as skid marks can fade away shortly after the accident. Likewise, the extent of injuries sustained by the victim can fade over time. There may be a need to take photographs that can preserve crucial evidence, and a skilled trial lawyer can recognize such needs and respond quickly. There may also be a need to interview witnesses while their recollections are fresh. Often, there will be a need to keep track of significant events, such as missed days from work.
We understand how to collect crucial evidence at the scene of an accident.
Handling the Insurance Companies
The insurance company for the driver who caused the accident is guaranteed to be very experienced in dealing with claims related to motor vehicle accidents. They will be gearing up for the prospect of a claim being made by the victim, from the moment they are notified about the accident. These insurance companies will often ask the injured party to give a tape-recorded statement. You should refuse any such request. That statement is only for the benefit of the insurance company, not for your benefit.
Insurance companies will often ask you to give a recorded statement. You should refuse.
Similarly, many insurance companies will ask the injured victim to provide them with a medical release. That allows the insurance company to obtain any of your medical records, regardless of whether they are related to the accident or not. More often than not, the insurance companies of the driver that caused the accident will NOT pay for your medical expenses. They are under no legal obligation to do so until there is a resolution of the entire claim.
On the other hand, the insurance on the vehicle you were in may have medical payment coverage which insures the immediate payment of your medical expenses up to their limits of coverage, regardless of who is at fault in the accident. You should contact your insurance company to inquire about whether you have medical payment coverage. If you do, submit your medical bills to your own auto insurance before you send the medical bills to your health insurer. A question that usually arises soon after an accident occurs regards getting your vehicle fixed, or being paid for the damage done to your vehicle in the accident.
Insurance companies typically address these property damage claims soon after the accident. Under Idaho law, the insurance company is required to pay the lesser of two amounts: either the cost of fixing damage incurred in the accident or, if the car is totaled, the fair market value of the vehicle just before the collision occurred. The insurance company is not obligated to pay off any loan on the car.
Schedule Your Consultation
There are numerous things that need to be done to protect your legal rights following a motor vehicle accident. At Hepworth, Janis & Kluksdal, we have handled thousands of cases arising out of motor vehicle accidents for more than 50 years. Put experience on your side by contacting us for a free initial evaluation. If you have been injured in an automobile collision, consult with an attorney immediately. There are important time limitations on your claim.
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