Should I Contact An Attorney After A Car Accident?


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Every year in the U.S., nearly two and a half million people are injured in car accidents, and in about 43,000 of those cases, the injuries prove to be fatal.

With statistics like those, it seems almost inevitable that you or someone you love may be in an automobile accident at some point. Hopefully, if you are, it is minor and doesn’t cause you a medical or financial burden. Minor accidents are often easily handled between the drivers and their insurance companies. However, there are times when it is in your best interest to contact an attorney to help you with your car accident case.

How Do I Know If I Need a Lawyer?

It's hard to know what you should do when you have a car accident. Sometimes, the accident's severity is an indicator, but other times, it is not so obvious. There are times when having an attorney is helpful and when it is essential. But how do you know the difference?

These are a few instances when you might find working with an attorney helpful, including:

  • When you need advice on the settlement amount of a personal injury claim
  • When there are minor car accident injuries (whiplash, bruises, etc.)
  • When damage to the vehicles is minor, like fender benders
  • When you feel that your insurance company is not acting in your best interest
  • When you need help negotiating with an insurance adjuster or company
  • When you don’t know your rights or how the claims process works

These are some instances when seeking an attorney is imperative, including:

  • When the accident has caused serious injuries, such as broken bones or hospitalization
  • When car accident victims have injuries that could be permanent (paralysis, traumatic brain injury, etc.).
  • When there is a fatality as a result of the accident
  • When pedestrians or bicyclists are involved
  • When the location of the accident is a construction area
  • When your insurance company employs its own attorney

What Are the Benefits of Hiring Car Accident Attorneys?

Having a personal injury attorney in your corner means that you have someone already knowledgeable about your case's laws and procedures. It may be your first time dealing with this type of case, but personal injury attorneys have handled all types of accident cases. A skilled lawyer will know how to effectively argue any defenses raised by the other side and will be able to prepare for trial (even though most car accident cases are settled before trial). This preparation is time-consuming and can be complicated. Having an attorney to do all of this for you will relieve the added stress of trying to do it on your own.

Finally, having an experienced car accident attorney helps to level the playing field. This is especially true when you have to battle the experience and resources that are available to a large insurance provider. The other driver's insurance company will not have your best interests in mind, and they will act accordingly.

Hiring a car accident lawyer provides you with an advocate who you know is working with your best interests in mind and who wants the best possible outcome for your case. Having someone to act on your behalf will make the car accident claim process much easier for you and your family.

Let Ross Feller Casey Help With Your Car Accident Case

At Ross Feller Casey, we have attorneys who are experts in personal injury cases resulting from car accidents. We have access to the experts needed to assist with your case, including doctors, engineers, and road safety professionals. When you come to Ross Feller Casey, you have a whole team behind you.

All of our cases, including car accident cases, are handled on a contingency basis. That means you are not charged unless there is a financial recovery in your case.

You should contact Ross Feller Casey today if you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash due to someone else's negligence. There are time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit, so don't delay.

About the Author

Kevin Harden, Jr., joined Ross Feller Casey in 2017 after an exceptional legal career, first as a top criminal prosecutor in Philadelphia, and then as a leading defense attorney for corporations and executives.

Kevin Harden

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