One of the best decisions you can make when you get into an accident is to hire a personal injury attorney. Attorneys can review your case, determine whether you have a case at all, determine your chances of winning a good amount of compensation, help you gather evidence, and most importantly, handle the legalities while you focus on getting your life back on track.
While the attorneys at RSH Legal – Iowa Personal Injury Lawyers do their best to help their clients, they do wish their clients knew some things and took some measures. The client is equally responsible, if not more, for their own case. Sometimes, clients make mistakes that make the work of attorneys more complicated. So, here are some things you, as a personal injury victim, should know.
Things personal injury attorneys wish their clients knew
- You still have a case if you are partially at fault.
Many people think it is useless to file a case if they are at fault. However, you have a chance to win the case if you are less than 50% at fault. For example, if you hit a vehicle from the back, you may assume you were completely at fault. However, this is not always the case; the other party may have contributed to the accident as well by driving recklessly or driving under the influence.
- The more evidence, the better.
It is always recommended to gather as much evidence as possible. Evidence makes your case strong and increases the likelihood of winning it. Evidence can be of various kinds, like pictures of the accident scene, writing down crucial details, witnesses, medical documents, an accident report, etc.
- Social media can have a significant impact on your case.
It is advisable to use social media with caution until the case is settled. Nothing on the internet can be truly deleted. Therefore, you should be aware of what you post. Information you post on the internet can be used against you. Even if you are posting something that is unrelated to your case, for example, a picture of you chilling with your friends that you took way before your accident, it can weaken the claim of your injury.
- Insurance companies care about their own interests.
After you get involved in an accident, you might get a phone call immediately from the at-fault party’s insurance company. As caring and empathetic as the person may sound on the phone, they are more concerned about their interests. It is their job to minimize your payout. Be careful while speaking on the phone. A personal injury attorney can assist you in communicating with the insurance company and avoiding low-ball settlement offers.