People who are involved in motor vehicle accidents that are caused by the negligence of others often have the legal right to recover compensation for their injuries. The damages
available in after an accident will depend on a number of factors, but often include medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, these rights are not self-executing, which means that victims need to take certain steps to obtain compensation and can also do things that could jeopardize their ability to recover. The most effective thing that you can do after a car accident to ensure that you get the settlement or award to which you are legally entitled is to retain an experienced car accident attorney in Albuquerque to represent you. Some of the ways that a lawyer can protect your rights are detailed below.
A Lawyer Will Negotiate on Your Behalf with the Insurance Company
Most car accident cases are resolved by the at-fault party’s insurance company coming to a settlement agreement with the victim. It is critical to understand that the insurance company is not on your side and is under no legal obligation to make sure that your losses are adequately compensated. As a result, they may take advantage of the fact that you do not know what your case is actually worth and try and get you to accept a settlement offer far below the actual value of your case.
Additionally, insurance company adjusters may engage in tactics that are designed to get you to admit that you were fully or partially at fault for the accident. When you retain a lawyer, he or she will communicate with the insurance company for you so you do not have to worry about saying or doing anything that would jeopardize your ability to recover for your losses.
An Attorney Will Investigate Your Claim
If your case is contested (meaning that the other party does not admit that he or she was at fault), you may need to obtain evidence that indicates that the other party’s negligence caused the accident. Examples of evidence that can be relevant to a car accident case include the following:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Surveillance footage
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Cell phone records
- Vehicle computer data
Importantly, waiting to start the process of gathering evidence could result in its loss or destruction, so it is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible.
Call an Auto Accident Attorney in Albuquerque Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
It is critical for car wreck victims to do everything possible to protect their rights after an accident. For this reason, it is advisable for victims to contact an attorney as soon as they can. To schedule a free consultation with New Mexico lawyer Salim A. Khayoumi, call our office today at 505-333-8613 or contact us online.