When Do You Need A Lawyer For Your Car Accident Claim
If you’ve just been involved in a car accident then you may be wondering if you should hire a lawyer (attorney) or if you should just let your insurance company take care of the negotiations for you. After all, they say you’re in good hands right? Well, that may not necessarily be so, a study from the Insurance Research Counsel (IRC) found that hiring an attorney will significantly increase your settlement amount over leaving the settlement up to your insurance company. A study called: Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims highlighted that settlements averaged up to 43% higher with attorney representation than without an attorney.
Why you need to hire a lawyer for your accident
Unfortunately, car accidents happen every day, and most people will be involved in an auto accident at some point in their life. Most personal injury claims in the United States. are a result of an accident involving a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. Many of these accidents result in minor vehicle damage in the form of a “fender bender”, and can generally be handled alone through direct contact with an insurance company. However, car accidents that involve physical injury, fatality, or other significant damage may warrant the legal representation of an experienced car accident attorney.
It’s up to you to decide which action you want to take. I can tell you from experience that if you’ve been injured the injuries you received often times don’t manifest themselves until later on. If you settle with your insurance company you may realize that in the future what you settled for with your insurance company didn’t properly take into account future complications.
What to look for in a car accident lawyer
If you need more information on how to hire a car accident lawyer check out the article I wrote that breaks down exactly what you should look for in a car accident lawyer. To break it down quickly you want to make sure that you hire a lawyer who specializes in personal injury. You want to avoid lawyers who take on DUI cases, Divorce cases, and other non related cases. The reason is because within personal injury there are so many complications, and you really want a lawyer who has a track record of winning personal injury cases.
When you should hire a car accident lawyer
You want to hire a car accident lawyer quickly in the process. You want to make sure that you have your lawyer files as much as the paperwork as possible. They are very well versed in making sure that you win your case. Most personal injury lawyers work pro-bono so that means they only get paid if they win your case so they will be very motivated to get the highest possible compensation for your case.