Every year, about 1.3 million people die in auto accidents around the world. Car accidents cannot always be avoided. But we do have control of what happens after the accident. After the car accident, it is important to take legal action to protect your rights. In many cases with serious injuries, hiring an automobile accident lawyer is the smart move.
Here are the reasons hiring an automobile accident lawyer may be right for you:
#1 Aggressive Settlement Negotiations
After a car crash, it is understandable to want everything done and behind you so you can move forward with life. But if you rush the claim process and settle too fast, you could wind up with much less compensation than you deserve.
For example, there are stories online of car accident victims who wanted to settle a case without an attorney for less than $5,000. That was the low offer the insurance company gave a woman without an attorney. She eventually hired a lawyer and got a settlement of more than $100,000!
Personal injury attorneys know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you more money.
#2 Know What To Say To Insurance Companies
After the car crash, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will call you for a statement. Saying the wrong thing will damage your claim. Anything you say to the insurance adjuster can be used against you. Even an innocent statement such as, ‘I’m ok,’ can be twisted to mean you do not have any injuries and should not receive compensation.
#3 Calculate Your Settlement Accurately
Determining how much of a settlement you deserve is complicated and a personal injury attorney knows how to arrive at a fair and accurate figure. He will consider the following factors:
- Current and future medical costs due to your accident injuries.
- Lost wages during your recovery and how much you may lose in the future
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Other damages
On your own, you may vastly underestimate your damages. It is especially common for the novice to underestimate their pain and suffering. Your attorney can compare your accident injuries to other cases and will arrive at a fair pain and suffering figure.
#4 Stand Strong Against Scare Tactics
The insurance adjuster’s job is to pay you nothing or as little as possible. After the accident, you probably are in pain and stressed out. You also could be taking medications that fogs your mind. Insurance adjusters may take advantage of you.
But your automobile accident lawyer will not be bullied or intimidated by an insurance company. They will reject any low offers and attempts to blame you for the accident. They will defend your rights and get you the money you deserve.