How a Lawyer Can Help You After a Car Accident
You drive this road every day. You know every turn, every stoplight, every sign. Every day, it’s pretty much the same drive. Then one day, it’s a different drive. You have a green light, but somebod...
If you have been in a car accident, you have a lot on your mind. You are probably wondering if you will have to pay for repairs, and whether your insurer will cover the costs of the accident as well as your medical bills and lost wages.
Do not travel down this path alone. Let’s take a look at why you need a PA accident lawyer on your side.
An experienced accident lawyer will prove critical in your effort to negotiate a desirable insurance claim as well as a settlement. The best part about hiring a personal injury attorney is that he will only be paid if you obtain a favorable resolution to your claim. This means that your interests are completely aligned in the quest to obtain justice.
While an accident lawyer is not always necessary for run of the mill minor accident claims, when fault iscontested, the burden of proof is squarely on you. If you cannot prove that the other driver is at fault, you will receive no compensation.
Do not risk your financial fate or your personal health by attempting to handle this complicated legal matter without the help of a skilled accident lawyer. Even if you are willing to invest yourself in learning about relevant laws and the claims process, it might not be worth your time.
You might be tempted to represent yourself pro se. However, doing so is awfully risky. You likely do not have an in-depth knowledge of the law, nor do you have experience negotiating settlements and claims.
A savvy accident attorney knows the laws and procedural rules that pertain to car accidents. He will advise you regarding the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, prepare all your legal paperwork, represent you if the matter goes to court, and navigate the complicated legal maze. His presence alone might be enough to help you obtain a desirable settlement.
Remember that you are going up against a gigantic insurance company with a team of fierce lawyers. If you attempt to represent yourself, you probably won’t get any traction and may not ever be reimbursed for you vehicle’s damage, your lost wages, and/or medical expenses.
If you have not been in a car accident before, you might not understand just how much work is involved in negotiating a settlement with an insurer. The settlement process takes much longer than the average person anticipates. Most people do not have the free time or knowledge base to engage in this negotiation process. If they try, they are usually low-balled by the insurer, as insurance providers do not fear pro se claimants.
Simplify this challenge by leaning on a well-versed accident attorney. This way, you can focus on recuperating and returning to work. Your attorney will handle the highly nuanced settlement negotiations, collect witness statements and police reports, organize your medical/auto bills, obtain medical records, and keep a detailed record of other issues such as your lost wages.
The assistance of a seasoned accident lawyer is especially important if the “at fault” party refuses to admit his guilt or if the police report conflicts with your statement.
Unfortunately, these challenges are usually present in most automobile accidents. They represent hurdles that commonly trip up accident victims who do not hire an attorney. Work with an accident attorney immediately after your car crash and he will zealously advocate on your behalf to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
As a cooperative of four attorneys with a combined experience of 65 years, the Penglase & Benson team is determined to offer its clients a range of comprehensive legal services in personal injury. If you’ve experienced an auto accident that resulted in an injury, contact us immediately.