3 Things You Must Do if You’re in a Car Accident

Car accidents happen in a split second. You are stunned, hurting and probably angry at the other driver. That’s why it is important to know in advance what to do if you are in an accident. Here are my three ‘must do’ recommendations:

1. Take photographs of the scene before you move your vehicle. These photos will be important to show the location of the vehicle and who is at fault. Even if you are hit from behind, you still need to do this. You would be surprised how many people who rear-end someone say that the other driver “stopped short” or “merged into my lane suddenly.” These photos will help establish that the other driver is at fault.

2. Get witness information. If another driver witnessed the accident, get their name, address and phone number. Most people are willing to stop, but don’t want to wait around until the police arrive. I have had many cases where there were witnesses to the accident, but nobody got their information. These independent witnesses are vital to helping you prove your case.

3. Call the police. Even if the other driver admits fault and tells you they will pay for your property damage, you must call the police. The police take down valuable information about the accident and who was at fault. When we don’t have a police report, stories can change and suddenly the other driver may claim you are at fault.

Sadly, car accidents happen all too often and most people will be in a car accident at some point in their lives. It is important to know what to do if it ever happens, so that you are prepared.

Top 5 things people tend to miss out, while selecting Attorneys

Whenever you face a lawsuit, your focus of attention is always winning the case. However, you must not forget to keep a track of the expenses involved in handling the case. Many a times, it has been noticed that people tend to miss out on some simple issues, which may turn out to be a source of problems in due course.

So, let’s look at top 5 things that people tend to overlook, but these things may back fire on you, and cost you a great deal.

1.Is there any retainer payable up front?

Payment terms always vary, as some attorneys prefer to charge some retainer upfront and the remaining portion of the fee progressively. While, on the other hand, some lawyers even charge all their fees after the settlement of the case. Hence, you must make sure that you understand all the payments terms mentioned in the contract.

2.How many cases is your attorney handling in parallel?

An experienced attorney, who charges you less, may not necessarily be advantageous, because the number of cases your attorney is handling in parallel, almost has a considerable impact on the case. If your attorney is too busy, handling more than 5-6cases in parallel, then chances are high that he/she may be stuck up with other cases, and may not be able to spend too much time with you.

3.What could be the surprise expenses involved in the case?

It is quite possible that under special circumstances, during the lawsuit, you may even end up getting sued for some other reason, therefore, handling such cases essentially involves additional attorney fee. So, you must know how much it would cost you extra, should the things go wrong in an unlikely case!

4.Does the lawyer advance out of pocket costs?

You must not end up hiring attorneys, who are not willing to negotiate upon payment terms even to the slightest extent. Remember, the initial agreement is always subject to considerable amount of variations, so it is important that you hire someone who’s flexible enough to keep the overall budget of the case, under the affordable limit.

5.Would any unused portion be refundable?

Sometimes, many attorneys even include some refundable fees in the contract, so you must know whether the total charges involve any refundable fees. More importantly, under what circumstances can you get back that refundable amount?