How to Be a Team Player with Your Auto Accident Lawyer

Posted on: 23 March 2015

A car accident can be devastating, leaving you injured and feeling confused. You've made the smart move and hired an attorney to help you get compensation for your injuries, but did you know that your attorney needs your help? You and your attorney will need to work as a team to be successful. You can help your attorney to successfully fight for you in the following 5 ways.

Bring him up to speed with documents.  Have on hand the following paperwork to give to your lawyer:

  1. Auto Insurance policy.
  2. Copy of the police report.
  3. Information about the other drivers and witnesses that you may have collected at the accident scene.
  4. Medical records, including mental health reports that relate to the accident.
  5. Financial records such as pay stubs and income tax returns to help show lost wages.

Don't give a statement to the other driver's insurance company. They will attempt to have you give a recorded statement. You are not required by law to give them a statement, so don't even think about it. Doing so could compromise your entire case and cost you a financial settlement for your losses.

Be honest with your attorney about any past legal issues such as arrests and incarceration. You can be sure that the opposing team will know and try to use it against you in court. Your lawyer can better prepare to counter this attack with advance knowledge.

Be as descriptive as possible about how the accident has affected your life and your loved ones. The best way to accomplish this task is with careful and regular notes. As soon as you are able, write down everything you can remember about the accident, then continue to keep a journal. Being able to give your attorney a complete picture of how the accident has affected you and your loved ones is vital to preparing your case.

Don't wait to hire an attorney. In most states there is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. Most states give you two years, but contacting an attorney and getting your case in motion as soon as possible is very important. Witnesses disappear and evidence gets lost when too much time passes.

You may be tempted to just let the attorney handle everything, however the positive outcome you desire is only possible with your full cooperation. Take care of the 5 important tasks above and let your attorney, one like Rosato Law Offices, take over to get you the compensation that you deserve.