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Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn't My Fault?

Car accidents and the types of injuries that might result can range from minor to severe. In some instances, you might be capable of handling your own personal injury claim after an accident, but depending on the circumstances and the extent of your injuries, you may want to consider consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer. 

If you were involved in an accident that you believe was not your fault, you might benefit from hiring an accident attorney even if your injuries are minor. In most instances, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will pay for medical expenses or the costs associated with the repair of your car. But what if the driver denies fault for the accident, the insurance company refuses to pay, or the driver does not even have insurance?  In any of these scenarios, a simple personal injury claim can quickly become complicated. 

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help My Case?

If you’ve been injured in an accident that was due to the negligence of another, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side will only increase your chances of obtaining a settlement that will cover your costs and expenses. An accident lawyer will have the ability to conduct a thorough investigation into the facts surrounding the incident and will also take care to document your injuries and other damages using medical records and bills and financial and employment records. With this information, your accident attorney will have the ability to evaluate your claim and help you negotiate a fair settlement. Without a personal injury lawyer, you might end up accepting a settlement offer that is much lower than what you need to recover from your injuries and other damages. 

Hiring an accident attorney to handle your claim can also prevent you from settling your case before you even know the full extent of your injuries. Many individuals who decide to negotiate their own claims end up settling too early before they’ve completely recovered from their car accident injuries. When you accept an offer and then later find out that you will have long-term problems or will need continuing treatment or therapy, you might discover that the initial settlement is not enough to cover expenses associated with your ongoing issues. After you settle your claim, you cannot re-open it and go back to ask for more compensation. Once you’ve settled, your claim is closed. 

Deciding to work with a personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with car accident claims can also have other benefits. Your accident attorney can deal directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or even your own insurance company so that you don’t have to. You should be able to focus on recovering from your injuries rather than haggling with an insurance provider. In addition, your personal injury lawyer will also make sure that you aren’t signing away more rights than you should when going through the settlement process. Remember, insurance companies are typically more concerned about their bottom line than they are about your rights and injuries. 

If you’ve been involved in a car accident that was not your fault and you have sustained injuries, no matter how minor, be sure to contact an experienced car accident lawyer to discuss your case as you may have a claim for your damages.    

Experienced Car Accident Lawyers

If you have questions regarding your potential injury claim, we have answers. Call the car accident attorneys of Zinda Law Group today at 800-863-5312 to get started with a free consultation.