Why You Need a Car Accident Attorney to Protect Your Rights
Feb. 9, 2015
As a car accident attorney, I represent those that have been injured in various types of accidents, not just the standard fender-bender. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and are the victim of either a drunk driver, a hit and run, an uninsured motorist or a defective product in your automobile – give me a call. Many people are unaware that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury in the US today. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in 2012 more than 2.5 million Americans Int to the emergency room for injuries incurred in a motor vehicle accident. The typical cost for each crash-related emergency room visit is about $3,000, and if an individual needs hospitalization, that cost can escalate to over $50,000 or $60,000 over a person’s lifetime.
Unfortunately, accidents will always occur, and if you have been injured as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual, you may need the help of an experienced, professional car accident attorney in your corner. If you are seeking reimbursement from the party that is at fault, you may find that their insurance company’s initial offer is insufficient to cover your losses and/or replacement costs. By and large, most insurance companies try to pay out as little as possible, and it is extremely common to get a great deal of opposition or resistance to your claim. In which case, you need to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable attorney who has experience working with insurance providers, and who will get you the highest possible settlement amount. This is especially true if the compensation you are trying to get is for damages that are hard to prove, such as emotional anguish. You may not need a lawyer if you have a minor or routine car accident claim. There are many claims that you can handle quite easily, but if you are unfamiliar with injury litigation, and/or find that your case is too complicated or confusing you may want to consult with an experienced car accident attorney. For instance, if the fault for the car accident is contested, and you cannot prove that the other driver caused the accident, you may recover nothing for your losses. Another point to consider is that if the injury you have sustained is serious and will potentially affect you for a long time, if not permanently, you could most likely have a large claim and should hire a lawyer to handle it correctly. The larger your claim and the more that is at stake, the harder the other side resists the claim, which is why it is wiser to have an experienced professional to protect your legal rights.
As a car accident attorney, I have found that even seemingly simple cases can become contentious when an insurance company refuses to pay and by working with me from the beginning, much of this can be avoided. If you have been injured or you have lost any type of personal property due to an accident, the statute of limitations dictates how long you have to file a claim. Don’t risk missing this window and speak with a car accident attorney right away to ensure that your case is filed in time. This way I can hold the guilty parties accountable for their actions and get the compensation you deserve and are legally entitled to.