Do I really need to contact an attorney after a car accident?

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Do I really need to contact an attorney after a car accident?


Car accidents have become more complex in today’s litigious society, and many people need advice, primarily on what to avoid after a car accident. The attorneys or insurance adjusters for the liable, or at-fault, party are committed to reducing their payout amount as much as possible within the law. They look for any possible evidence to show that your injuries did not occur at all, or are far less severe than you claim. An auto accident attorney can help you find and present the evidence to prove your injury and receive the compensation you deserve.

There are several elements of an auto accident claim that an attorney provides:

  • Representation – to talk with insurance adjusters or lawyers for the defendant to make sure you will not be intimidated into saying something they can use against you
  • Investigation – to provide the evidence required to prove your injuries and the defendant’s liability for them. Attorney’s can help victims seek the right medical advice, document the medical evidence, and present it effectively
  • Negotiation or litigation – insurance adjusters or lawyers are skilled in fighting to reduce or deny any claims from victims who do not have expert legal representation

Most auto accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, allowing victims to pay them only if they receive a settlement. That usually means you obtain a lawyer willing to work hard on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your recovery.