After you are involved in a car accident, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about what happened. However, one party you will want to inform as much as possible is your auto accident attorney. The more information your attorney has, the better that they will be able to help you.
Let Your Attorney Know if You Believe You're Partially at Fault
Even if you are partially at fault for your accident, you will still be able to receive some compensation for your injuries. The job of your attorney will be to highlight the mistakes that the other driver made that contributed to the severity of the accident. If your attorney doesn't know that you're partially at fault, the insurance provider is going to bring it up and you don't want to surprise your attorney.
Tell your attorney about other mistakes you made such as driving without insurance. A large percentage of drivers operate motor vehicles without insurance. Therefore, your attorney may not be shocked if they find out you aren't covered. Your attorney will have to work hard to maximize your compensation because you won't be able to fall back on your insurance policy.
Inform Your Attorney About Your Medical Past
If you have any pre-existing conditions, inform your attorney about them. Having a pre-existing condition doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be able to receive compensation for your injuries. For example, an accident can aggravate a pre-existing condition and you may be entitled to compensation.
Explain Everything That Happened
The more information that you provide your attorney, the easier it will be to build a case. Explain how the accident occurred, describe the surroundings during the accident, and name anyone who might be able to later serve as a witness.
If you received a ticket after the accident, make sure to tell your attorney. While the insurance provider of the other driver might try to use this when arguing that you were at fault, your attorney may be able to mitigate the situation.
Lawyers Do Much of the Legwork
One of the reasons to hire a lawyer is so you do not have to carry out many tasks yourself. For example, your lawyer will gather paperwork that is necessary for you to successfully file a claim to the other party's insurance provider. Your attorney will tell you what they need from you, but there's no reason to omit any details during your consultation.