The aftermath of a car accident is scary. Crushed and twisted metal, injured parties, and swarms of Phoenix or Chandler police seem to be everywhere. What makes the situation even worse is when you know you weren’t to blame for the accident, but investigators are pointing their fingers in your direction.
But can the police, who weren’t there when the accident occurred, really be the best judges of who’s at fault?
There’s no simple answer. Every case is different, and your personal injury lawyer will let you know that from the beginning. However, a lawyer who cares about digging into the specifics of your case may uncover evidence that proves the other party was at fault–even if police issued you a citation or blamed you for the accident.
How to Help Your Lawyer Help You
Whether you were in an ordinary car accident, a pedestrian accident, or a motorcycle accident (or any other kind of vehicle accident, for that matter), you can help your lawyer by presenting your side of the story during your initial consultation. The attorney will be able to determine whether you’re likely to be eligible to receive damages; and if she believes you will, she may agree to take your case.
That said, some cases really are just accidents. Sometimes nobody is at fault; that’s why you should always call a lawyer who offers a free initial consultation. Your lawyer will give you her professional opinion based on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Provide your attorney with copies of the police report from your accident. There may be helpful information that she can use. Even if there isn’t, it’s a good idea to give it to her so that she knows what to expect from the other side. That way, she can build a strategy based on having all the facts.
Sometimes police aren’t the best judges of who was at fault in a car accident, and it’s not really their fault. They weren’t there…but you were, and that’s the story your attorney is going to need to hear so that she can fight for your rights.