3 Factors to Help You Decide If You Need to Hire a Lawyer Following a Car Accident

After being involved in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident or bicycle accident, you may be wondering if you need to hire an attorney in order to seek a financial recovery from the insurance company. It may surprise you to read our answer, but we believe not every case requires legal representation. For example, some collision cases are so minor that there is no reason to hire a lawyer.

Determining When You Would Need a Lawyer

After a motor vehicle crash, you can benefit from hiring an attorney if any of the following factors are true:

  1. A serious injury occurred. When serious injuries occur, it can be in your best interest to have a skilled lawyer handling your case while you rest and recover. This is because there is more at stake when serious injuries are involved—more medical bills and income loss and greater pain and suffering. This is why it is critical that you get the most compensation possible in your case; however, you might not have the right mindset or enough energy to handle your injury claim while you are dealing with physical injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies know this and will use this to their advantage.  
  2. A loved one died. If you have lost a family member due to another driver’s negligence, you definitely need to hire an attorney in order to secure your family’s financial future and see that justice is served. Additionally, hiring a lawyer can allow you to grieve and begin picking up the pieces instead of delving into the details of the case every day. If you are left to deal with the insurance company, you are likely to experience anger, sadness, and grief and be too emotionally overwhelmed to know if and when you should accept a settlement offer. 
  3. A large truck was involved. Trucking companies have investigators and lawyers who are quickly sent out to accident scenes to minimize liability. They will try to find anything that allows them to point the finger at you instead of accepting the responsibility for the crash. Accident attorneys know this and also know there are many rules that truck drivers and trucking companies have to adhere to and will investigate to confirm if any laws were broken that could have led to the wreck. Also, personal injury lawyers know what documentation to request and how to negotiate with large trucking companies and insurance companies and not be intimidated by them.

Need Help With a Personal Injury Claim? Contact Us Today

The bottom line is that experienced accident attorneys deal with personal injury claims on a daily basis and know what it takes to get their clients the best possible financial recovery. If any of the above factors apply in your case, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer today. Please feel free to call our office for a free, no-obligation consultation at (703) 591-0067.