Establishing negligence is seldom easy, especially when you have suffered mild injuries and the other party is fighting your claim fervently. Car accident attorneys do everything they can to establish negligence because successfully doing so means that half the battle is won.
It is the duty of your car accident attorney to establish negligence and prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that you deserve to be compensated for the damages done to your health and property. However, some of the most important work still lies in your hands as the victim. Because you witnessed the accident firsthand, you will need to cooperate with your attorney and answer all the questions presented to you.
Although the questions vary from attorney to attorney, here are some of the questions top rated car accident attorneys often ask their clients and why they do so.
How Did The Accident Happen?
By asking this question, your attorney is trying to find out if there is a case of negligence or if you’re partially to blame for the crash. If there is a case of negligence, your attorney can proceed to gather evidence to this effect and propose a compensation fee to the guilty party.
However, if you’re partially to blame for the accident, your attorney can prepare your defense in case the opposition decides to use this against you in order to lower the compensation fee.
Have You Been to See a Doctor since The Accident?
If after a car accident, you have not been to the hospital to have your injuries assessed and treated by a doctor, your lawyer will urge you to do so immediately because if it is discovered by the opposing party, they will use it to their advantage and try to claim that the injuries were sustained somewhere else and not in the accident.
However, if you have already started treatment, your attorney can get your prognosis, properly assess the stage you’re at in your treatment, the full extent of the damages you suffered, and the right amount of compensation fee to fight for.
Furthermore, your attorney may also ask if you were nursing any injuries prior to the accident. That way, they’ll be able to counter the opposition if they claim the new set of injuries, like the already existing one, were sustained outside the scene of the accident.
Did You Gather Any Evidence?
The most important thing to do when trying to establish negligence is to gather evidence. However, the accident scene may have been altered by the authorities or other parties before your attorney can inspect the scene. That’s why it is advisable for car accident victims to gather as much evidence as they can after the accident. It could be pictures of the accident scene, the injuries and the damage done to the car or it could be the recording of the views of the people who were present at the time of the accident.
Either way, your attorney will likely ask you for the evidence you were able to gather because it will help them lay your claim, and negotiate a compensation fee much faster.