The aftermath of a car accident is always overwhelming. The actual scene of the crash can be scary. In the hours following, once you have your wits about you, you might not be sure what to do next. Here are five commonly asked questions that may help you as you decide what's next:
1. How soon should I contact a lawyer following an auto accident?
You should contact our lawyers as soon as possible. We can provide you with the answers you need to protect yourself from unfair settlements. We have been handling accident claims for over 30 years. As a result, we can tell you what steps to take and what not to do in the hours and days following the crash.
2. Should I speak with the ICBC adjuster before contacting your law firm?
It is absolutely best to speak with our lawyers before speaking to the ICBC adjuster. The adjuster will be documenting anything you say, and those statements have the potential to hurt any future claim you make for compensation. Our experienced lawyers will make sure you know what to do in order to protect your best interests, before you talk to ICBC.
3. Is it possible for my lawyer to communicate with ICBC instead of me?
Yes. One of the main benefits of hiring a lawyer is that the lawyer deals with insurance adjusters so you don't have to. At Stephens & Holman, our team will make sure you are informed about what is happening with your claim every step of the way, but we will also deal with the insurance company for you.
4. Why should I seek the help of a lawyer for my ICBC claim?
Having a lawyer on your side means you have a dedicated advocate. Our lawyers are focused on what is best and right for you. Specifically, a lawyer can help by gathering and organizing all of the pertinent evidence, documentation, records and testimony related to your accident. Then, we build a clear, coherent claim to pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.
5. How much does it cost to consult a car accident lawyer?
At Stephens & Holman, you can count on no recovery, no fee. That means fees are not charged unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. We get paid only when you get paid. Your no-obligation case evaluation is also free.
For your free consultation with our experienced Vancouver-area car accident lawyers, please call Stephens & Holman, at 604-730-4120. We have 17 office locations to better serve people in Surrey, Vancouver and all of British Columbia.