Handling Your First Auto Case: Part I – Before Litigation

Published on: August 18, 2023

Are you a new attorney about to embark on your first automobile case, or are you in need of an auto law refresher? Whether you’re a recent law school graduate or transitioning to a new practice area, this introductory course is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to successfully handle your first auto case. Navigating the intricacies of automobile accidents, insurance claims, and legal proceedings can be overwhelming, but this course aims to provide you with a solid foundation and practical insights.

The course will provide an overview of:

  • Introduction to Auto Cases
    • Understanding the Basics: Key legal concepts and terminology related to automobile cases.
    • Types of Auto Cases: Differentiating between personal injury, property damage, and insurance-related cases.
    • Initial Client Consultation: Effective communication and information gathering.
  • Investigating the Accident
    • Gathering Evidence: Identifying and collecting relevant evidence, including photographs, witness statements, and police reports.
    • Evaluating Liability: Determining fault and liability through careful analysis.
  • Dealing with Insurance
    • Auto Insurance Essentials: Exploring the types of coverage and policy limits.
    • Negotiating with Insurers: Strategies for effective communication and negotiation with insurance companies.
    • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims: Handling cases when the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
  • Building Your Case
    • Document Preparation: Drafting demand letters, pleadings, and other necessary documents.
    • Expert Witnesses: Identifying and working with medical experts, and other specialists.
    • Calculating Damages: Understanding how to calculate and present various types of damages.

This CLE, taught by experienced auto law attorney Daniel J. Siegel, is approved for one substantive CLE credit in Pennsylvania, and will prepare you to handle your first auto case with confidence.