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 34,000 of those cases, the injuries prove to be fatal.

With statistics like those, it seems almost inevitable that you or someone you love will 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 the 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 severity of the accident is an indicator, but other times it is not so obvious. There are times that having an attorney is helpful, and there are times that it is absolutely necessary. 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 claim.
  • When there are minor injuries (whiplash, bruises, etc.).
  • When damage to the vehicles is minor – fender benders.
  • When you feel that your insurance company is not acting in your best interest.
  • When you need help negotiating with an insurer.
  • When you don’t know your rights.

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

  • When the accident has caused serious injury, such as broken bones or hospitalization; or where injuries could be permanent (paralysis, traumatic brain injury, etc.).
  • When there is a fatality as a result of the accident.
  • When you are undisputedly at fault.
  • 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 an Attorney Following an Accident?

Many times, drivers are not quick to hire an attorney following an automobile accident because of the cost. However, there are some benefits to seeking counsel that greatly outweigh the fee your attorney will collect when your case is settled.

Having a personal injury attorney in your corner means that you have someone who is already knowledgeable about the laws and procedures that your case involves. It may be your first time dealing with this type of case, but personal injury attorneys have handled all types of accident cases. An attorney 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 prior to trial). This preparation is time consuming and can be complicated. Having an attorney to do all of this for you will relieve you of the added stress of having to do it on your own.

Finally, having an experienced personal injury attorney helps to level the playing field. This is especially true when you have to battle the experience and resources that are available to large insurance companies.

Hiring an attorney 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 and for your benefit will make the legal process much easier for you and your family.

Let Us Help You with Your Auto Accident Case

At Ross Feller Casey, we have attorneys who are experts in personal injury cases resulting from car accidents. We have the experts needed to testify on behalf of our clients, 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 automobile accident cases, are handled on a contingency basis. That means that you are not charged unless there is a financial recovery in your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact Ross Feller Casey today. There are time limits for filing car accident lawsuits, so don’t delay.

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