If you have been injured in a car accident, it’s easy to take the other person’s information and let the insurance companies handle the rest, but they do not always have your personal interests and wellbeing in mind; they will negotiate settlements to minimize what they pay. Deciding whether or not you should hire a lawyer after an auto accident could be detrimental to the outcome of your case. While saving a buck and not hiring an attorney sounds nice, having a support system to guide you through the legal process will make all the difference in handling a stressful case. These are some of the benefits of hiring a lawyer to handle your accident versus doing it on your own.
- Communicate with insurance companies for you
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Before providing you the assistance you deserve, they will try to negotiate settlements with the intention of paying less before thoroughly going through your claim. Sometimes they will even drop your claim with the explanation that it isn’t “valid enough” for compensation. They likely don’t have your best interests in mind, are more concerned about saving money, and will take advantage of the fact that you are handling your case alone by cutting your compensation for their benefit.
This is where a helpful attorney will come in hand. Our experienced attorneys know how to handle complicated insurance companies and their tactics they use to limit the amount you can receive on your claim. They will deal with your insurer, as well as the other drivers, to ensure the best possible outcome for you. An attorney will negotiate with the insurance adjuster, work out all the small details of your claim, help prepare a thorough written statement that will benefit you, and will fight to rightfully get you the compensation you deserve.
- Prove the other driver was negligent & gather evidence for your claim
If you are the victim of a car accident that was not your fault, you will need solid proof to back up your claim in order for your case to move forward successfully. More often than not, the defendant will try to shift the blame, making it more difficult to back up your claim.
Having an attorney gather the proper evidence and assist you in proving negligence of the other driver will further help your case stand strong.
An experienced attorney will know how to build your case with the provided evidence that supports your claim including video footage from traffic cameras and surrounding businesses, accounts from witnesses who saw the accident happen, gather accident reports from the responding police officers stating who they believe was at fault, and any medical records to validate the seriousness of your injuries. This is a very strenuous process, but having an attorney there to put all the puzzle pieces of your case together will benefit you in the long run and help get you covered.
- Prove liability for your injuries & determine their true value
One of the biggest complications in fighting an auto accident case is being able to determine the true value of your injuries, proving the other party is liable for them, and receiving the appropriate compensation. Insurance companies are very skilled at taking this information and skewing it, convincing the jury that your injuries aren’t serious, and lowballing your settlement offer.
Having a team of expert attorneys at hand who are knowledgeable about the loopholes insurance companies can take will not settle for anything less than you deserve. They will be sure to get all of your losses covered including vehicle damage, medical expenses, lost income wages, and pain and suffering. Without prior legal knowledge, it is extremely difficult for a person to get fully covered without consulting with an attorney and will lead to a loss.
- Work out a fair settlement
Insurance adjusters are very skilled negotiators and will do everything they can to be sure they get the lowest possible amount of compensation. You might consider yourself a good haggler, but we strongly suggest that you leave the negotiating to the experts. Our attorneys are proficient in negotiating with insurance companies and are mainly focused on your best interest. They will be sure to obtain a rightful compensation for you and won’t settle for anything less.
- Provide knowledge of traffic laws that apply to your claim
One of the greatest benefits of hiring an attorney is gaining knowledge from your experience and understanding basic laws that apply to your claim. Insurance policies are nothing more than contracts that hold each party accountable in the situation, and things tend to get messy when dealing with the loads of paperwork. An attorney will thoroughly go through your insurance policy to make sure your insurance company is acting in good faith and make sure they uphold your contract on their end.
In addition to understanding your insurance policy, an attorney will also be able to identify certain laws and regulations that can benefit your case. They will guide you step by step through your insurance claim and legal process, making sense of the laws that apply to your case. In the end, a lawyer is the most qualified and important piece of your case and will ensure that the situation is handled properly.
Hiring an attorney during a stressful situation like an auto accident can be vital to bringing you the justice you deserve. Our team of highly experienced accident and injury lawyers at Hoestenbach Law Group are here to represent your interests, be there for you step by step, and fight for the best possible outcome. No matter what the situation is, you shouldn’t have to go through it alone, and our expert attorneys at Hoestenbach Law Group are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a car accident, give us a call and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. (512) 472-8865