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The Benefits of an Auto Accident Lawyer and What to Do if You’ve Been in an Accident

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When Should You Call an Auto Accident Lawyer?

 
You’ve been in a crash. Your vehicle is damaged. You are likely scared, your heart is racing and you may be seriously injured as a result of the accident. People rarely prepare themselves for what they should do in the case of an accident, but what you do and when you do it can have a huge impact on your ability to submit a claim against an at-fault driver or your ability to successfully claim accident benefits from your own insurance company in Ontario.
 
The magnitude of the auto accident will definitely impact your ability to carry out some of the steps that should be taken following the accident. A fender-bender may not require extensive medical treatment, but a head-on collision may leave you or a passenger with a more severe injury.
 
It is never too early in the process to speak to an auto accident lawyer. It is a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as you feel well enough to do so. This will greatly increase your chances of a successful claim.
 

At the Scene of the Accident

 
Regardless of the severity of the accident, the police should always be contacted to create a record of the events. Calling an ambulance will also help to ensure that medical help is administered right away and that any injuries are stabilized. It may seem like standard practice, but having a police record and medical record of the events can be extremely beneficial to pursuing a successful claim.
 
There are other things you can do to help document evidence if possible. This includes exchanging information with any witnesses or photographing the scene of the accident with your phone. Obviously, receiving medical attention is a priority and this may take you away from the scene of the accident.
 

After the Accident

 
If you have incurred any expenses as a result of the accident, make sure that you keep all receipts related to them. If a friend or loved one has been helping you while you recover from the accident, make sure they keep receipts related to your care as well. Keep all of the documents from the accident as they can be used for evidence and to help you pursue a claim.
 
Contact your insurance company and notify them about the accident and the need for accident benefits. You should not make a statement about the accident to the insurance company without first consulting with an auto accident lawyer. Any information that is given can greatly impact your claim.
 
If you have not done so already, consult an auto accident lawyer from a firm that is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help put your case together and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. They can even take the case to court if necessary. You should never attempt to handle a claim on your own. It is possible to receive a no-cost consultation with a professional auto accident lawyer and get complete representation with no need to pay until a successful settlement is reached. 

Protect yourself and your family by speaking to a reputable auto accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

Going Beyond Accident Benefits

In many cases, all that you will need are accident benefits to cover your injuries and potential lost wages. Ontario’s no-fault benefits policy means you are covered to a decent extent for lost wages, caretaker expenses and other common costs related to accidental injuries. However, sometimes you may be left with other costs, or the amount given by accident benefits may not be enough to fully cover costs, leaving you to pay on your own – a much harder task when you’ve been injured and have trouble working. If this happens, it is unlikely that you will have the time or energy to put together the documents and undergo the processes to sue for more.

 

A Personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in filing a tort claim and get you any additional money you need to recover and get back to your life. They will be able to quickly get together all of the necessary documents, advise you on what will be needed from doctors, insurance and your workplace, and they may even be able to talk with you in the hospital or your own home to do it, putting less stress on your mind and body while you are taken through the process.