Should I hire a car accident lawyer – a question that anyone who has been involved in a car accident has asked themselves, the answer is … It depends. I know you are probably thinking, a personal injury lawyer would say undoubtedly yes, but that is not always the case. The truth of the matter is that there are certain, simple car accidents that you can certainly handle on your own, BUT consulting with a car accident lawyer is always a smart move. Our law firm always offers a 100% free car accident case consultation, there are no strings attached, and you get to talk to a lawyer about your situation.
When Don’t I Need A Car Accident Lawyer
Some examples of the types of car accident cases that can be handled on your own:
- Minor impact car accident, only property damage, with no injuries,
- Single car accident, with no roadway defect, i.e. you hit a guardrail,
- Accident where you are not injured, do not need to go to the hospital and the police report clearly states who is at fault for the accident
Not a long list, but again, even in the above type accidents it is wise to consult with a car accident lawyer – injuries often manifest, sometimes, days or even weeks after the car accident.
Why Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
Many people ask this question, the answer to this question is in a global sense, to protect your rights. The insurance company of the person that hit you has no obligation to you, and frankly will try to use every advantage they can to get rid of any claim you may have at the lowest cost possible to them. After a car accident you will likely get a call from the other drivers insurance company asking for you to give a statement – STOP, you do not owe them a statement. This can and will be used against you later. This is one of the tactics or tricks insurance companies use when a car accident claim is reported – there are countless others, understanding these tactics and not letting you fall into these traps is why you need a car accident lawyer who will maximize the dollar amount your recover for your injury.
When Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer
Some examples of situations where you should hire a car accident lawyer:
- You are injured in a car accident that was not your fault,
- The other persons insurance company is saying the car accident was your fault, when it clearly was not,
- The insurance company is offering a small amount of money for you to settle your claim, this is a telltale sign that your claim is worth much more than they are offering you,
- The person that hit your car has no insurance, or you were involved in a hit-and-run.
These are a small set of the most common types of scenarios which you should hire a car accident lawyer, but once again there are countless situations where you need a lawyer to protect your interests.
A recent CNN Study showed that people represented by a lawyer in personal injury claims averaged 40% higher return on their claims than non-represented parties. That is a huge number, which translates into hundreds of millions of dollars out of the pockets of those injured in a car accident, and back into the bottom line of the insurance company. Insurance companies use high-tech computer programs which they have engineered to assess every aspect of a car accident injury claim and allow them to pay out the least amount of money; this is much easier when dealing with a non-lawyer. No wonder insurance companies would rather deal with the person involved in the car accident versus an attorney – you can make your own conclusions.
Arguably the most important reason that you should hire a car accident lawyer is that we hold the card of bringing a lawsuit for your injuries, a fact that is not lost on the insurance companies. We call the lawsuit, or threat of a lawsuit, the hammer. Many times we will file a lawsuit, the proverbial hammer, which puts pressure and a clock on the non-cooperative insurance company. Filing a lawsuit by an experienced car accident lawyer will often result in an increased settlement offer, and/or a substantial verdict from a jury. While you can bring suit against the insurance company on your own, without being a trained lawyer, these type of lawsuits often end in disaster for a non-lawyer.
When deciding the all-important question, Should I hire a car accident lawyer, keep in mind the above factors when making your decision. The best thing to do is take us up on our offer for a free car accident consultation with our lawyers, we will explain your options, without any obligations – then you can make an educated decision.