Being involved in a car accident can be a very difficult and upsetting time of your life. The first emotion is usually anger. Here you were, going about your life, when another person makes the decision to drive negligently and collides into your vehicle. Many people call these accidents, but we don't. There are no accidents when it comes to car collisions. Although people don't usually intend to cause collisions, their decisions to drive negligently by using their phone while they drive, trying to eat their lunch, paying attention to the radio, not being well rested, all may result in a collision.
The second emotion is usually confusion. What insurance company is going to fix your car? Will you be compensated for your medical bills? Will you be compensated for your injuries? What about your lost wages? The list goes on an on... Most people who are involved in car collisions have never been involved in one before, so it's understandable that there will be much confusion and anxiety.
Fortunately, there is usually a simple answer to all of this confusion: hire a lawyer. Why try to figure all of this out on your own? Injury lawyers don't usually charge you anything until they settle your case. So, this should be a no-brainer. But, you may ask, what about their fees? Are they going to take a big chunk of my settlement? Most accident lawyers charge about 1/3 of the settlement. This is not a lot considering they will have most of the answers to your questions and they will do all the work. The question is: do you want 100% of a small pie, or 66% of a large pie? Almost always, 66% of the large pie will end up being much more than 100% of the small pie.
It is critical that you hire an accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. Don't wait until the insurance adjustors start to call you asking to take your statement or for the medical bills to start arriving in the mail. The first few days after you have been injured in an accident is a critical time for your injury case. This is the period of time when it is most important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side. It is important to get your case started on the right foot. If you wait and hire a lawyer a couple of weeks or even a couple of months after the accident, it's possible that you may have already done irreparable damage to your case. You may even have a hard time finding a lawyer who will accept your case. Most personal injury lawyers accept cases on a contingency basis. This mean that they don't get paid until they get you compensation for your injuries. If you wait and try to hire a lawyer after a mess has already been made of your case, then it's possible that injury attorneys may see your case as one that is too difficult to get you compensation for your injuries and the lawyer to get compensation for his/her work.
You may think that the insurance adjustor sounds so nice and willing to help, but don't be fooled. Insurance companies are in the business of accepting premium payments and then doing everything possible to avoid having to pay out claims for injuries. Insurance companies are billion dollar companies. They have decades of experience with millions of claims and they have developed extensive strategies to avoid paying the full value of claims. One of their most effective strategies is to convince the injured person not to hire a lawyer by making them feel that everything will be taken care of for them without any problem. You won't stand a chance trying to take on a billion dollar insurance company by yourself. You need an experienced injury attorney on your side, fighting for you to help you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries.
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