Do I Need A Lawyer for Car Accidents?
Car accidents happen regularly, and many of them are not serious. In fact, when injuries and damages are minor, a legal representative may not be necessary. However, it is always recommended that you contact a professional when any type of accident occurs.
Accidents can be costly. They can leave you with mounting medical bills. They can make it difficult for you to work and earn a living. In many cases, a car accident may harm you emotionally. You may even have struggles with your family as a result.
This is why having a lawyer is important. You deserve full and fair compensation for the damages that you have suffered. A lawyer can help ensure that all processes are accomplished correctly and in a timely manner.
When to Hire a Lawyer
Legal representation should be considered if/when liability is unclear. In certain situations, it may be hard to determine who is responsible. In other cases, the various parties may deny wrongdoing. Fortunately, a car accident lawyer can help. Your attorney will help gather and organize evidence, in order to establish the chain of events that led to the accident.
This may require the expertise of various professionals. An inspector may have to conduct an examination of damage done to the vehicle. If a lawsuit has been filed, it is advised that you immediately consult with a lawyer. You need to protect your rights right away.
Many times, insurance companies give low-ball offers that are neither fair nor full. This can be devastating especially if there are significant damages to the vehicle, or considerable medical costs. Long-term injuries may require extensive medical treatment. A good lawyer can analyze the terms to determine if they are acceptable. Renegotiation is usually necessary if the settlement does not cover all treatment and medical expenses.
Your legal representative can evaluate all healthcare processes with a healthcare professional.
Even when injury is minor, medical procedures may be expensive. You should certainly seek legal help if you need it.
Lawyers may be especially helpful in the following types of car accidents:
- Drunk driving or hit-and-run car accidents
- Uninsured or under insured motorist collisions
- Car accidents involving pedestrians, runners, or bicyclists
- Motorcycle accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Out-of-state motorist injury or property claims arising in south central Texas
- Disputes with any insurance carrier — the other driver’s or your own
- Wrongful death/fatal car accidents
- Post-injury complications
In some cases, even minimal injuries may lead to lifestyle changes. You may lose an interest in things you once enjoyed. You may suffer socially, in your relationships with friends and family members. These are all factors to be considered as part of a settlement.
Certain victims of car accidents actually get worse with time. Masked injuries may surface. These could lead to problems at one’s work or career.
Again, a lawyer can help.
Although each state is different, there is typically a statute of limitations of two years. This means you only have a limited time to file your claim or lawsuit. No matter how minor the accident, it is important that you know your rights. A lawyer can explain the relevant statute of limitations as well as factors that could shorten the period (i.e. when a governmental entity is involved).
So don’t delay. If you have suffered a car accident, you may have a case for personal injury. For more information, consult Khattar Law, LLC today.