When Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Accident?

If you are asking yourself “do I need a lawyer?” after a car accident, you probably do. You need an attorney after a car accident when you are dealing with serious injuries or expenses. You may also need a lawyer if you are dealing with a more complicated crash, like a trucking accident, a drunk driving accident, a hit and run, or a collision involving Uber or Lyft.

Meeting with an attorney is free but accepting a low settlement or trying to represent yourself can cost you fair compensation, so it is always worth scheduling a consultation at a local law firm. On average, car accident claimants who hire attorneys receive higher settlements and awards than those who do not.

When You Have Serious Injuries

After a car accident, your priorities will include healing from any injuries you sustained in the crash. Sometimes, your injuries heal within a couple of days, but other times, they can affect you for the rest of your life.

If you broke a bone, sustained a head injury, damaged your spinal cord, or suffered another serious injury, you should contact an attorney. In addition to covering your immediate medical expenses and missed wages, your settlement or award should also account for the ways your injury will affect you in the future.

For example, you may need physical therapy for several years or suffer brain damage that makes it harder for you to advance in your career. Your insurance company won’t consider these things, but your lawyer will.

When you have serious injuries, you need an attorney to help you get full and fair compensation. Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. has more than 150 years of collective experience helping clients secure their futures.

When You Have a Complicated Case

If your car accident involves a commercial vehicle, assume the other driver and their employer have attorneys. In this situation, you need an attorney, too. Large trucking companies, for example, have million-dollar insurance policies, and your lawyer will fight for policy maximums when appropriate.

When you’re dealing with millions of dollars – or criminal situations like drunk driving accidents – you need an attorney on your side.

You always have the option to represent yourself but it’s not always the smartest choice.

When You Feel Overwhelmed

Experiencing a car accident is a stressful and traumatic event – especially when you sustain serious injuries. After an accident, you might not feel up to dealing with insurance companies, filling out paperwork, and gathering evidence. Nevertheless, you may also be unable to wait for a settlement or verdict to help you with the financial fallout of the accident.

Your lawyer can help you file and manage your insurance claim and streamline the process to help you recover as much compensation as you can as quickly as possible. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge legal fees until you receive a settlement or verdict, so it doesn’t cost anything upfront to take the weight of your insurance claim off your shoulders.

When You and Your Insurance Adjuster Disagree

Never fight with your insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. If your insurance adjuster doesn’t agree early on, the entire process will likely be a nightmare, and insurance companies use all kinds of unsavory tactics to delay and deny valid claims.

If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts, and hire an attorney to help you. Lawyers are extremely familiar with all the rules and regulations insurance companies must adhere to, and they will help hold insurers to the terms of their policies.

When You Just Need Legal Advice

Just because you meet with an attorney does not mean you have to hire them. Most personal injury lawyers, including our team at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C., offer free consultations where they get to know you and evaluate your case.

Here, the lawyer you meet with will advise you of your rights and legal options, and you will both decide whether working together would be beneficial. If your attorney believes you can handle your case on your own, they will tell you. Otherwise, they will explain exactly how they can help.

Learn how Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. can help you – call us at (770) 629-0154 or contact us online to get started today. Remember, your initial consultation is free of charge!