Find out why getting an attorney can help you through the trouble after a car accident.
Even though there is never a good time to get in a car accident, it is commonly known that increased travel times, more traffic at shopping areas and celebrations during the holidays can certainly make it more inconvenient, yet more likely to be involved in a fender bender or even a major collision. Did you know that compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor?
If you were involved in a car accident during the holidays, whether you were at fault or not, here are a few reasons why your next step should be hiring an attorney:
An attorney will help you negotiate with insurance companies
Even though filing a claim after a car accident is something that some people choose to do for themselves, the process can be tedious and confusing due to excessive amount of paperwork, technical terms and harsh negotiations that will try to prevent you from getting the full amount you deserve.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Organization, “An accident attorney— especially a personal injury attorney—can help you go up against big auto insurance companies and their team of lawyers. Your attorney already knows the personal injury laws and procedural rules and can effectively handle all the legwork for you. He or she will act as your advocate throughout the entire case.”
If you’ve been injured, a personal injury attorney will help with compensation
In addition to the high expenses associated with a car accident during the holidays, if you’ve been injured you will also have to deal with medical expenses, potential follow up visits and even therapy, depending on the injury. All this could also lead to loss of wages and missed work. The good news? You could be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party.
By allowing a professional at law to take care of these negotiations and potential trials, you are more likely to get the compensation you deserve. Click here for more on personal injury attorneys.
An attorney will be fair and objective
After a car accident, it is normal to feel emotionally distressed and start receiving advice from multiple sources. Even though people mean well, it is hard for you to make the right decisions in a moment of vulnerability, so you are more likely to settle for less or take responsibility for something you shouldn’t. Luckily, if you find yourself in this situation, an attorney will have the right skills and experience to negotiate and help you out of an unfortunate circumstance.
Did you have a car accident after the holidays? Contact us today to find out how we can help you navigate the murky waters of insurance and legal negotiations.
Consider Yourself “Lucky” you Have a Lawyer on Your Side After a Wrongful Death Occurs to a Loved One
How an attorney can help you navigate after a wrongful death
Even though finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a childish idea we remember during St. Patrick’s day, there are more serious times in which a little bit of luck and the right decisions can make a big difference. Handling a wrongful death of a loved one definitely fits this scenario.
We understand that losing a loved one is never an easy process. These hard steps, however, can be even harder when the loss of a loved one has been caused due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct.
So what exactly is a wrongful death case?
According to this Enjuris.com article, “These are civil actions brought by the surviving family members of a decedent who passed away prematurely because of the negligent actions of another. These careless actions are the underpinnings of the case. Additionally, these actions are meant to compensate the living members of the family, not the decedent. Courts do take into account the pain and suffering of the decedent, but they are part of the overall picture.
If you’re struggling to feel “lucky” after an unfortunate situation, here’s how hiring an attorney could be the ray of hope you and your family are in need of:
Determining and Getting Compensation
Many times, after a wrongful death the person at fault (a doctor, a careless driver, the company who developed a dangerous product) can be sued. Even though this can vary from state to state, generally, those who can benefit from compensation are:
Taking the stress and responsibility off your shoulders
If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s understandable that you might not be in the right state of mind to negotiate with insurance companies, state conditions and a series of complicated processes. This could only lead to you missing deadlines and potentially getting less money … inarguably a high-stress situation for anyone. Luckily, an attorney with the right negotiating skills and experience will help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Ensuring you’re making the right decisions
Because a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by a representative on behalf of the eligible survivors who suffered harm from the decedent’s death, it’s important to find the right professional who will fit your needs, make you feel comfortable and help you understand the steps to follow.
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Even though an attorney won’t bring your loved one back, let us help you navigate these murky waters by providing professional guidance and the support you need at this time. Contact us today to learn more about skilled professionals that will help you through this situation.
On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in Truck Accidents on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.
Federal safety rules require truck drivers to take periodic rest breaks to prevent accidents caused by fatigue. For example, after driving 11 hours in a 24-hour period, operators must be off duty for 10 consecutive hours. To prove they actually took rest breaks, drivers are required to keep an electronic or paper logbook.
What's to stop a truck driver from claiming to take a rest break when they did not? Given that drivers have traditionally referred to their logbooks as "cheat sheets," we can assume it's fairly common for drivers to create false logbook entries. However, it is possible to catch logbook cheats.
Determining whether a truck driver has created false logbook entries can be key in proving liability in a truck accident case. By showing a truck driver violated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, you can create a strong case of liability against the driver and the trucking company.
Many tractor-trailer rigs are equipped with GPS systems that record when the truck is moving, the direction it is traveling and the speed. If the GPS system shows the truck was traveling at 70 miles per hour on Interstate 285 while the driver's logbook says he was resting, the truck driver has a problem.
Other ways to catch logbook cheats include checking:
Receipts create a paper trail that show where a driver was at a particular time as well as distances traveled. If a driver claimed to be resting in Athens while he was eating or refueling at a truck stop in Atlanta, your case just became a lot stronger.