Auto accidents are complicated on many levels. Even a minor accident can cause injuries that may not immediately manifest themselves, such as a sore neck, or a back injury.
Even if you are not injured, it can take a lot of time and energy to settle. Deciding who was at fault, locating witnesses who may be able to help your case, and many other details towards a resolution can be difficult.
The investigating officer is one of the most important actors in determining cause and fault of automobile accidents. A lot of times, the insurance company will take an investigator’s report, and then make determinations that will affect your future.
But investigators are only human; what if you don’t agree with the official report about the facts of your case? What if the officer missed interviewing a witness to the wreck? What if police get called to another incident, and cannot be as thorough as you would have liked? All of these things happen.
There are many things to consider when making a claim with an insurance company to recover damages for an automobile accident. The one thing you don’t want to happen is for your claim to be dismissed.
This is why it is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in car wreck cases and who understands how the insurance companies work. Attorneys have their own investigators who will be dedicated to getting to the bottom of what happened in your particular accident.
The lawyer can get all the investigation done, and many times do an accident reconstruction, if that becomes necessary. And an attorney will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf. One of the worst things you can do is to try and negotiate with a big insurance company on your own.
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