Answers to Your Top Questions About Car Accident Claims

by Bill B. Berke on Jan. 18, 2021

Accident & Injury Car Accident 

Summary: Car accidents are quite common. Many people suffer substantial loss in such accidents. Car accident lawyers can analyze your case, calculate every loss, file appropriate claims, and help you win compensation.

While your skillful driving and attentiveness along the roads of Fort Myers improve your chances of making it to your destination safely, they do not ensure you can avoid others’ recklessness. Even the most careful driver can face a tragic accident caused by another driver’s negligence. It is important for even the most cautious drivers to understand the legal implications a car accident may have. 


For example, a car accident may lead to a personal injury claim. An accident victim may file a personal injury claim if they suffered injuries in an accident caused by another person’s bad acts or negligence. Personal injury encompasses a wide range of accidents, including slip-and-fall cases, car accidents, dog bites, and medical malpractice. Car accident attorneys focus specifically on car accidents caused by someone else’s negligence or ill intent. 


Although a general personal injury attorney may handle car accidents, you may want to hire a lawyer who has extensive experience with car accidents claims to improve your chances of success. 


Do all car accidents give rise to lawsuits?


No, not all car accidents result in lawsuits. An individual may have a legal claim following a car accident if another driver acted negligently. To determine whether you may have a claim, consult a car accident lawyer to evaluate your unique situation.


To the untrained eye, it may be difficult to determine whether a car accident can give rise to a viable claim. But an experienced lawyer can carefully assess the situation and help you determine whether there is a way to pursue compensation for your injuries.


Can another party involved in the accident blame you?


Yes, this is a common tactic, and the opposing party will likely turn the tables on you. As you prepare to file a claim against the driver whose negligence you believe caused the accident, that individual will often do the same against you. They and their lawyer will try to establish that your negligence caused the accident and that they bear no fault for your injuries. 


An experienced attorney can help you shape your case in a way that closes any loopholes that would allow the other party to attack you with claims. 


When should you hire an attorney after a car accident?


It is a good idea to hire a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Of course, seek medical help and file a police report first. The next step after those important things is to consult with a car accident attorney


These are the reasons it is important to hire a car accident attorney sooner rather than later:


  • You may miss out on valuable information or evidence as time passes after the accident.

  • You may lose the opportunity to secure medical documents and undergo procedures that would have best documented your injuries.

  • Your lawyer can guide you through all the steps you should take after an accident.

  • The opposing party’s insurance company may try to contact you and influence your decision before you have consulted an attorney.


Most car accident attorneys are only paid if you win your case in court or settle the matter with the opposing parties outside of court. As the victim of a car accident, you may be suffering from injuries and income loss, which could make it inconvenient or difficult to pay an attorney at the start of a matter. Hiring a car accident lawyer on contingency, even if you have lost your job after the accident and have trouble making ends meet, will not create an additional financial burden for you.  


Hire a car accident attorney to learn how you can seek compensation.


To ensure you preserve relevant evidence and documentation, it is always better to file your claim as soon as you can. Talk to a Fort Myers personal injury attorney at Berke Law Firm, P.A., who has extensive experience with car accident claims for a case evaluation. We have handled similar claims for decades, and our legal team has honed an effective legal method to help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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