Importance of Hiring an Attorney Early

Why is it important to hire a lawyer early after an accident?

There are several reasons to hire an attorney promptly after you have been involved in a personal injury matter. Regardless of how you were injured, it is important to collect evidence. In our modern society, there is often video footage available of an accident scene. Video footage can be recorded by everything from security cameras and dashcams to cell phones and ring doorbell systems. Commercial surveillance systems like those at businesses may not keep video data indefinitely. The old video is often overwritten in order to limit storage needs. Security video footage can be lost as quickly as a few days after an accident. It is important to collect evidence like video data promptly before it is lost. It is also important to promptly contact witnesses and examine physical evidence that may remain following an accident. This will help your skilled personal injury attorney like the lawyers at Arthofer & Tonkin to not only tell you exactly what happened in your accident but be able to prove your case against the party or parties that caused your injuries. In addition to discovering and obtaining evidence, you likely will be contacted by insurance companies within days or even a few hours of your incident. You should not speak to the adverse insurance company without having first consulted with an attorney. The time after you have been injured should be spent focusing on your recovery. Leave the collection of evidence, investigation, and dealing with insurance companies to us. Call us today for a free consultation.

In what situation should you hire an attorney?

Arthofer & Tonkin is a personal injury law firm. This means we handle all sorts of cases where our clients have been injured by the negligence of others. We handle car accident cases and big rig semi tractor-trailer cases, as well as motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian incidents, slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls, boating accidents, and a wide variety of other cases where people have been hurt or even killed through the fault of others. In any of these cases, it is appropriate to consult with a personal injury attorney like the attorneys at Arthofer & Tonkin. In our over 70 years of combined experience, we have worked almost exclusively in the area of personal injury law. Our consultations are free and we do not charge a fee unless we recover on your case.

In today’s video I wanna talk to you about the importance of early retention of an attorney. That means you get in to talk with an attorney like those here at our law firm Athofer & Tonkin, about your personal injury matter right away. It’s important that your attorney can become involved in your case right away so that we can preserve evidence. I think one of the best ways that I can share the importance of early hiring of an attorney is by sharing a story from one of our cases. Traffic case, where our client was hit while crossing the street, and then, unfortunately, he was run over by a vehicle after having laid in the road for some period of time. Because of the severity of the accident and because his identity was not immediately known to law enforcement, we could not get our hands on the police report very quickly, but because we were retained early by his family, we were able to encourage law enforcement to get that report done, and that led us to one witness. But because we had tenacity, we called that witness, which led us to four more witnesses, so we were better able to understand how this accident happened.

Our client, because of the severity of his injuries, had no recollection of the accident or the facts and circumstances surrounding it. But because he hired us early, pushed law enforcement, and was tenacious about following up with witnesses, we were able to determine exactly what happened on the roadway on that night. In addition to being able to find witnesses, we were able to locate the vehicles involved in this accident before they were sold, in the case of one vehicle, or transferred, in the case of another vehicle. We were able to get our experts on board, inspect the vehicles, and determine where his body came in contact with different vehicles to determine the precise sequence of events for this accident. In addition to being able to get involved in finding witnesses early and vehicles early, we were able to get out on the roadway and actually conduct visibility studies, we were able to determine that the nighttime lighting conditions, for example, moonlight, starlight, cloud cover and weather, were going to be the very same or very, very similar on a night as they were on the accident, and we are able to get an exemplar vehicle.

That means one that was just like one that was involved in this accident and actually drove through the scene and video what the drivers would have been able to see, including street lights, business lights, and adjacent parking lot lighting. We were able to determine that it is actually a very, very well-lit area and that this accident occurred on a night with a full moon. Our visibility study and all of our other efforts to get evidence and retainment early made an incredible difference in this case. The insurance company for one of the drivers went from evaluating this as a case of liability against our client to offering its entire policy limits. So that is why it is important to get an attorney who is tenacious, on your side, in a hurry. We want to be that attorney for you, so give our law firm Arthofer & Tonkin a call today.

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