Many victims falsely believe that they do not need to hire an attorney in order to obtain compensation after an auto accident. Filing an auto accident lawsuit takes time, research, experience and legal knowledge. The average accident victim is unprepared to litigate a claim on their own. Failing to hire a car accident lawyer can lead to losing the lawsuit and the compensation that you need in order to reimburse your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage and other expenses.
To successfully obtain compensation after an auto accident, you will need to devote time to researching case law and legal theories, gathering evidence and presenting the case in court. Many victims suffer from serious injuries or are on strong medications which impact their ability to handle their own case. Or, the victim may be unable take more time off work to do handle their own claim, especially if they have ongoing medical treatment.
Insurance adjusters do not always act in the best interest of the victim: their job is to work for the best interest of the insurance company for which they work. As such, victims that lack legal representation are not taken seriously by the insurance adjuster, to their detriment.
Accidents victims lack the legal knowledge and experience to effectively litigate a lawsuit without legal counsel. An attorney has legal knowledge obtained in law school, sharpened by real-world courtroom experience. It is very likely that the other driver or insurance company will have a lawyer which means that you would have to present evidence and argue in court against trained professionals.
If there is a dispute over who is at fault in the car accident, you must prove that the other driver was at fault and not you. If you are unable to prove that the other driver was at fault, you will not be able to recover any compensation.
Victims of car accidents sometimes unknowingly provide incomplete or inaccurate statements to the police or insurance companies following an accident. Or, there may be a witness to the accident, such as a passenger in the other car, who states that the accident is your fault. In any of those instances, you will have to fight an uphill battle in order to prove not only that you weren’t at fault, but that the accident was completely the fault of the other driver.
If you are seeking compensation after a car accident, it is important that you hire an attorney to help you successfully bring your claim or you will risk not receiving the compensation to which you are entitled.