Any time that you are involved in a car wreck it is very important that you contact a lawyer. In a car wreck even if you are a passenger is imperative to contact a lawyer competent to handle vehicular litigation, and to do so as soon as possible. The reason for that is insurance companies will hire investigators to determine what happened. Part of the process in a car wreck is to interview all witnesses, including drivers and passengers, to obtain their statements. If you talk to an investigator without a lawyer it most likely will be used against you in litigation or if you have any claim for damages.
In a car wreck, a competent lawyer can give you advice regarding your rights. Normally this is done without any charge to you. As an example if you are a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a car wreck you can file suit not only against the driver and owner of the other car, if they are at fault, but also against the driver and owner of the car in which you are riding. Even if the driver is a relative you can still seek damages.
Any car wreck necessarily involves property damage. If you are the owner of the vehicle then generally you will need a lawyer to guide you through the process of repairing and/or replacing your car. This is true even in you are at fault. Most insurance companies will not tell you that you are entitled to a replacement vehicle during the time that your car is being repaired. Further most insurance companies will try to talk you into repairing a car using replacement parts, and many times are not equivalent of what is being replaced.
Many car wrecks involve personal injury. A lawyer can help navigate you through the morass of insurance coverage for your injuries. As an example most automobile insurance policies provide medical payment coverage of some amount to which you would be entitled.
Another major reason to a hire a lawyer immediately after a car wreck is that the lawyer can commence an investigation of what happened. Important evidence can disappear almost immediately. Witnesses tend to forget or their memories fade after time. Hiring a lawyer after a car wreck provides protection to an injured person.
If you or a loved one would like to consult with a personal injury attorney, do not hesitate to contact the personal injury attorneys at The Beattie Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa. You can find our information here: Contact Us