Being involved in a car accident may leave you with serious injuries, property damages, and questions about what your rights are and how to move forward to recover the financial compensation award that you deserve. As you navigate the landscape of car accident claims, don’t overlook the benefit of partnering with a skilled Virginia car accident attorney. Here are five reasons to hire a lawyer for car accidents
Your Injuries and Damages Are Serious
If your injuries and damages are serious, then hiring a lawyer should be a top priority. Indeed, the more serious your injuries are, the more you need a lawyer. When damages are extensive, an insurance adjuster will be even more inclined to lowball your claim – the last thing that an insurance company wants is to pay out a claim in full; insurance companies want to make money. This means that the insurance adjuster will fight back hard to devalue your claim. This might include trying to prove that you caused the accident through fault of your, discrediting the extent of your injuries, or saying that you failed to provide notice of the accident in a reasonable amount of time. Your attorney can advocate for you and protect your rights.
Your Claim Is Denied
If your claim is denied, you maintain the right to appeal the insurance company’s decision. But the appeals process can be complicated, especially if you don’t understand why your claim was denied in the first place. This is where a skilled lawyer comes in – your attorney can explain to you the reasons for claim denial (whether valid or not) and help you to build a case in response.
The Other Driver Is Uninsured or Can’t Be Found
An accident victim’s biggest nightmare is that the driver who’s responsible for the accident either a) flees the scene of the accident and cannot be located by the police, or b) doesn’t have insurance or enough insurance to cover the full extent of the victim’s injuries. While this can be a terrifying situation, there is still hope. A car accident attorney can explain to you the other options for compensation, including filing a claim against your own insurer or filing a third-party claim.
You Don’t Have Negotiation Experience
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, the fault of the other driver, or the value of your claim, one thing is for sure: the first offer that the insurance company makes you will likely be less than you deserve. But you reserve the right to reject a first settlement offer and negotiate for a greater amount. However, if you don’t have negotiation experience, this process may not be as fruitful as it could be. Working with an experienced attorney who has a reputation of recovering large settlement amounts via negotiations is strongly recommended.
You Need to Litigate Your Case
Finally, while negotiating a settlement as reaching an agreement out of court is typically ideal, there may be situations where an agreement is impossible and you need to file a lawsuit if you want to have a chance of recovering the settlement amount that you deserve. If your case goes to litigation, you’ll certainly want an attorney on your side.
Call the Office of Breit Law PC and Our Lawyer for Car Accidents Today
If you have been in a crash in Virginia, a lawyer for car accidents can serve you. To learn more about what it’s like to work with a lawyer and why you should choose the office of Breit Law PC for your legal services, call our firm today or send us a message. We offer no-cost consultations, and always work on a contingency fee basis.