When to contact a car accident attorney
After an accident, you might wonder if you should handle insurance claims and more on your own. In many cases, however, it makes sense to consult with a car accident attorney.
Attorney John Lee discusses when to contact an attorney in this short video:
In general, you should contact an attorney after an accident if:
You’re feeling confused and angry
Navigating the insurance process after an accident can leave many people feeling confused, frustrated and angry.
You ask yourself:
- Who pays for what?
- Will insurance cover my car repairs?
- Does the other driver have enough insurance to cover my expenses?
- Should I sign a release from the insurance company?
- The other driver was at fault, but they deny liability; now what?
If you have more questions than answers, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a case.
You have injuries from the accident
Car accidents that result in injuries come with their own set of questions and complications. Treatment for your injuries could last for weeks or months or even years. You might need to take time off work to recover, and some injuries result in job losses or permanent disabilities that require supplemental income or additional resources.
It’s impossible to know the full extent of medical treatment you will need during the first few days following an accident. So, it’s important to ensure that you have access to the full coverage available to you. An attorney can help you determine which insurance policies can help cover your expenses. If needed, he or she can negotiate your case to help fight for the settlement you need to cover medical care, lost wages and more.
The case is headed to court
If the other driver disputes details of the event or denies fault, your case could head to court for resolution. The court will call police officers, witnesses and insurance representatives to testify in the case to help determine fault and a settlement.
In many cases, an attorney can help you negotiate a settlement before the case goes to court. If a judge does end up hearing a case, an attorney can gather all the necessary details and argue the case on your behalf.
Car accident attorneys understand local and state insurance laws, and they understand how the system works. Their experience can work strongly in your favor during settlement negotiations to help you recover the maximum amount available.
We offer free case consultations, so please do not hesitate to contact us after a car accident. We can help you determine if you have a case and if legal representation would help you.