Why Do I Need An Auto Accident Attorney?
If you've recently been involved in an auto collision, it may be tempting to save some cash by representing yourself in the claim, especially when injuries and monetary damages are minimal. But without an experienced attorney on your side, you risk an unfair settlement – or even a complete lack of justice served.
Fault laws will vary from state, but the general guidelines remain the same: in order to receive compensation from another party, you'll first need to show that they were legally responsible for the accident. You must also prove that you've suffered as a result, be it physically, mentally, and/or financially. A personal injury attorney can help you with three critical elements here:
- Telling your side of the story honestly, effectively, and completely
- Demonstrating how you were harmed as a result of the incident
- Understanding what restitution you are entitled to
Make no doubt: insurance companies and other involved parties will bring in their own lawyers to argue their case. Choosing to forego legal representation is like fighting a battle on uneven ground, and you'll be the one at a disadvantage. Whether or not you may be at fault, the assistance of an attorney will secure you the protection you deserve.
You Need An Auto Accident Attorney When…
You Need To Demonstrate Fault
Perhaps you want to take the opposing party to court, or maybe you'd be perfectly happy with a quick settlement and the chance to move on with your life. Either way, if you hope to receive any restitution, you'll need to establish who was responsible for the incident. And in most cases, you can't expect them to roll over without a fight.
A personal injury attorney can help you to demonstrate not only who is to blame for the incident, but also whether the cause was active negligence or even intent. These distinctions are significant in legal matters, and will dramatically affect your payout.
You've Suffered An Injury
When you're involved in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for physical pain, emotional distress, and damage or destruction of your property. But if you're not familiar with the relevant laws or how expenses are calculated (especially for physical trauma with lasting repercussions), you may not ask for enough – or you may be willing to accept a settlement that is frankly insufficient and unfair. Don't risk losing what you're duly owed: discuss your claim in advance with a personal injury attorney.
You Lead A Busy Life
And let's be honest – who doesn't? But if you try to represent yourself in an auto accident claim, you're going to find out that it takes dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of dedicated self-study. You'll need to be familiar with everything from state laws on driving and legal responsibility, to precedence set by similar claims in the past. Even then, it's likely that the opposing legal team will outmatch you.
Consider whether it makes more sense to draw on the skills and experience of a dedicated personal injury attorney – someone who has already done the work (and so much more), and who is prepared to fight tooth and nail for your fair treatment. Learn more here.