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Should You Get a Lawyer if the Car Accident Wasn’t Your Fault?

Posted on August 15th, 2020 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Being involved in a car accident can be stressful in many ways. Not only do you possibly have serious injuries, but there can be emotional and financial consequences as well. Fortunately, if you have reputable insurance coverage, you can minimize many of these concerns. In minor car accidents, both parties often settle the matter amicably with little or no legal intervention. This does not mean you shouldn’t consider getting a lawyer on your side, even if the accident wasn’t your fault.

Requirements

In most U.S. states, the law requires that you carry a certain level of car insurance. If you are in a car accident, this coverage will protect you financially and possibly from a lawsuit. However, you are not required to have an attorney after a car accident if the incident was not your fault.

The Benefits of Getting a Lawyer

However, regardless of who was at fault, it can be helpful to consult the expertise of a personal injury attorney after a car accident. An attorney can review your case and make sure you are getting all the compensation you deserve. Sometimes, insurance companies will pay as little as possible for your injuries, but an experienced lawyer knows how to negotiate with and put pressure on your providers. It can also be handy to hire a lawyer if the other driver tries to put some of the accident blame on you. Your lawyer will examine the facts of the case carefully. The attorney will look at the police report, visit the accident scene and speak with eyewitnesses of the crash. Your lawyer will ensure that your rights are upheld and that you are treated fairly.

What Your Settlement Can Cover

In addition to what your car insurance covers, your lawyer will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. If you are injured, the settlement should include payment for your medical bills. These include medication you take, medical supplies you need, and surgeries and treatment you had. Your settlement should also pay for doctor’s office visits, hospital stays, rehabilitation and even mileage you drove for these visits. You can also get compensation for lost earnings at your job—past, present and future. A good lawyer will help you get a settlement that makes your recovery more manageable.

If your car accident wasn’t your fault, don’t assume there won’t be some legal battles. Insurance companies and the other driver could make life challenging for you, so speak to a car accident lawyer, like from Barry P. Goldberg, about your case.

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