Should I hire a car accident attorney to handle my personal injury claim?

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Do I really need to hire a personal injury attorney?

A good rule of thumb is that if you’ve been involved in a car accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer near you. If you caused the accident, you’ll need an attorney to defend you against any lawsuit by the injured parties. If you were the victim of the crash, then your best course of action is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to file and handle your claim against the at-fault driver.

Insurance companies are not on your side. Even your own insurance company cares more about minimizing costs than ensuring you have everything you need to rebuild and recover after your car accident.

Insurance companies look to make money on premiums. They avoid paying out large settlements when someone that they insure is involved in an accident. That’s how they turn a profit.

Your best bet is to quickly speak with a personal injury lawyer after your accident – before you reach out to your insurance company. Having a lawyer communicate with the insurance companies (yours and the at-fault party’s) ensures that your case is given the attention and consideration it deserves.

If you speak with the insurance company directly, they will ask technical questions and encourage you to share information that can help them minimize the payout on your claim.

A good personal injury lawyer can ensure that the insurance companies don’t succeed in low-balling you. More often than not, an insurance company will throw a settlement offer at you in the hopes that you’ll be surprised and accept the settlement without thinking about the fact that you’re signing away your legal rights for pennies on the dollar. In short, an attorney can make sure you get the compensation that you deserve, not just what the insurance company wants to pay you.

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The legal system can be very complex. When filing and handling a car accident personal injury claim, you’ll have a lot of paperwork to work through and various motions that you may have to handle in court. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to do all of this for you, saving you lots of time and frustration.

Sometimes, fault is not always immediately clear. If the other driver ran a stop sign but you were driving on top of or straddling the double yellow line, each side can point the finger. A lawyer with experience handling car accident cases will be able to help determine which driver really caused the accident. Did the collision occur because you were straddling the double yellow or because the other driver blew through the stop sign? Was there mutual fault? If necessary, an attorney can hire an accident reconstruction expert to try to determine what really caused the collision.

The personal injury lawyers at The May Firm know car accidents. We have been handling these cases successfully for over a decade and know how to help our clients recover the compensation that they deserve for their injuries. The right law office will treat you like family and at The May Firm, we strive to do just that. Let us help you get your life back together.

Disclaimer: Information on this page is designed for general information purposes only and should not be interpreted as being legal advice or a legal opinion on specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult with an attorney before making a decision about your case. Pages are updated periodically but information provided on this page may not be up to date as circumstances may change over time. Please see our [LEGAL DISCLAIMERS] page for additional legal disclaimers.

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