Those involved in a serious car accident may wonder whether it is worth it to hire an attorney. Although the answer will vary depending on the details of the accident, some general information can help you determine if an attorney is a good idea for your situation.
#1: Negotiating with an insurance company.
The majority of car accident claims end in a settlement agreement after negotiating with an insurance company. When the accident is serious and the potential for a large settlement high, these corporations often use expert negotiators to represent their interests. This can make it very difficult for you to get a fair settlement.
#2: Getting everything together.
Actually getting the information, and knowing what you need, may be more work than you realize. Evidence to help build your case can include witness testimony and pictures of the scene as well as medical records and projected future expenses. This can require the use of experts. This is important even at the initial negotiating stage, discussed above, because it will help you to better defend your case. This is true whether defending in court or during negotiations with an insurance company.
These steps are important to help better ensure that you receive the funds you need to cover the expenses that result from the accident. These expenses may be more than medical bills. They could include future physical therapy needs, remodeling a home to better accommodate any long-term impacts of the injuries and the potential for reduced future earnings.
#3: Finding the responsible party.
In some cases, simply knowing who is responsible for the accident is not an easy job. The driver may have made mistakes that resulted in the accident, but they may not be the only responsible party. A mechanic may have performed faulty work on the vehicle, a manufacturer could have used a bad product within the vehicle or a bar, restaurant or other commercial establishment may have knowingly served the driver too much alcohol before they got behind the wheel. Any of these factors could result in additional liability.
Taking this step to hold all responsible parties accountable not only helps you get the funds you need to get your life back but can help deter others from making the same mistakes.