A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Auto accident victims will want to find experienced legal representation to preserve their rights and to navigate the legal environment. An experienced Clayton County auto accident attorney can obtain relevant evidence, properly manage a case and negotiate a fair settlement with an offender's insurance company. Auto accident victims should consider several issues when choosing an attorney:
- Find a specialist—Victims should research their options and find an attorney who specializes in auto accident victims' recovery. Information is available on the Internet and through attorney referral agencies. Make sure the selected attorney is experienced in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred, knows the local court's procedures and has a proven and verifiable track record. An experienced Clayton County accident attorney will know how to obtain the relevant police reports, accident records and medical records. The attorney will also be familiar with auto insurance companies and their tactics, especially as they make settlement offers.
- Meet the attorney—Auto accident victims should "test drive" their attorney to see if he is a good fit. The experienced auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith offer a free initial consultation with auto accident victims. The attorney should be prepared to answer questions about the firm's auto accident litigation and settlement history and strategies going forward. The attorney should offer the victim a reasonable expectation for their case. No reputable attorney will make predictions or promises.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.