This article is part of the series “What To Do In a Car Accident.” We will be discussing the fifth step you should take after being involved in a car crash: contact your attorney. You may think that it would be too early to call a lawyer. Should you really be on the phone with an attorney so soon after a crash? The sooner you get legal help, the better your chances of recovering the most amount of money possible.
To be clear, if you weren’t injured in the accident and your car’s damage was limited to a minor fender bender, then it may not be worth it to call a lawyer. If you wish to file an insurance claim, you could handle it yourself quite easily. However, if the accident was quite serious and the damages exceed thousands of dollars, you should contact a lawyer right away to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
There are also special situations in which you should contact a lawyer right away. For example, if the crash involved a semi truck, bus, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicyclist, drunk driver or head-on collision, don’t delay in seeking legal help. Also, if the liable party has no insurance, you suffered a permanent or expect to lose a substantial amount of wages from missed work, a lawyer can help you recoup your losses.
An attorney will guide you through the accident process. Your lawyer has likely handled hundreds or even thousands of car accident cases and knows the laws inside and out. He or she knows what to expect and can advise you on what you should do and not do in order to maximize your financial recovery.
It’s important to remember that insurance companies are in the business of making money. Even though you may pay thousands of dollars a year to maintain insurance coverage, the insurance company is not on your side. They want to offer you the lowest amount of money possible or even avoid paying you at all.
If you suffered serious injuries that are expected to be permanent, your life is going to be affected in so many ways. An attorney can help your insurance company understand the severity of your injuries. A disability or other permanent injury will result in a lifetime of medical care. You may be unable to work or even perform daily tasks.
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If you fight your insurance company alone, you will end up with very little compensation. You will struggle financially to pay medical bills. But with a lawyer on your side, you have the opportunity to treat your injuries and become whole again.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a car crash, hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you recover compensation for damages such as medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. Make sure you preserve your legal rights and get legal help early on in the process. Remember, there are time limits and if you go past the deadline, you’ll miss out forever.
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