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Is it worth getting a car accident lawyer? Top 6 reasons why you’ll want one

  • By: Amy Brewer
  • Published: May 6, 2022
Auto Accidents

It may be overwhelming to know what to do right after a motor vehicle accident. One of the questions that comes up a lot is if it’s worth it to get an accident lawyer. The short answer is that you’ll be better off in the long run with a professional on your side, but let’s take a look at why. 

Here are the top 6 reasons why you’ll want to consider a car accident lawyer if you find yourself in a car crash. 

1. To help with offering sound legal advice, specific to your situation.

While we all like to pretend we’re experts on every topic just because we’ve Googled it, the law can be complex and very different depending on where you live. Lawyers have studied the laws and regulations in your area extensively in addition to understanding what is needed in court in order to protect you. They can help you avoid pitfalls and amateur mistakes that could negatively affect your case. 

2. To help gather and keep track of documentation.

There is a lot to keep track of after a car accident, including documentation. One thing that can help make or break your case is detailed documentation. A car accident attorney can help track down police reports, witness statements, medical records and more. All of this documentation can help establish the validity of your case to the insurance companies and in the case of going to court.

3. To help keep your case organized and meeting deadlines.

An auto accident attorney is interested in keeping everything in order. They want to make sure all the documentation is gathered, filed, and on schedule. Typically you’ll only have a limited amount of time to make your claim and recover compensation from the insurance companies, so if you’re busy, frustrated, or just dreading the paperwork involved after a car accident, let an attorney handle it for you.
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4. To calculate damages and help you get compensated fairly.

Because an attorney understands the law in your area in depth, they will know what kind of compensation you are entitled to. Damages for car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of on-road accidents are dependent on a lot of factors, and because it’s pretty complex, only someone who understands the laws may be able to get you what you deserve. Things that could be factored in include medical costs, physical therapy, medical devices, disability, disfigurement, household help, lost wages, pain and suffering and even loss of life enjoyment. 

5. To help negotiate with and handle insurance companies.

Who wants to sit on hold with an insurance company all day? Especially right after a traumatic auto accident. Getting someone on your side can help you navigate the insurance companies’ needs and get the most out of your settlement. Insurance companies notoriously like to settle for less than you deserve or what even covers your expenses. Having someone fight for you every step of the way is a major benefit of an MVA attorney. 

6. If needed, to represent you in court.

Although this isn’t always the case, there’s a chance your case could go to court. For example, if the insurance company decides not to provide a fair settlement. If your case goes to court, you’ll have an attorney on your side that’s been there, and preparing your case, since the beginning. This is helpful in creating a viable case to the court and will give you an advantage when fighting your side. It also makes it less likely you’ll lose a case based on technicalities or procedural errors and they can help deflect defense and cross-examination tactics from the opposing side.

So is it worth it to get a car accident lawyer?

It depends on your situation, but if the crash you’re involved in seems complicated or you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to have someone on your side. Even small accidents can be more complicated than they seem, so the best way to know is to get your case evaluated by a professional who can offer you helpful insights and peace of mind

Amy Brewer

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