Do I Need an Attorney After a Car Accident?

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Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful and complicating life event regardless of who is at fault. At times low-speed accidents with minimal property damage where no parties are hurt can be handled through the insurance companies with caution. However, most accidents are more complicated and it’s in your best interest to seek out the advice or services of a professional with experience in these types of situations. Personal Injury lawyers have experience in auto accident claims and helping to protect your rights while looking after your best interests after an accident.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Retain an Auto Accident Lawyer

Who was at Fault for the Accident? Finding liability can be an issue – Even with a witness and a police report, proving fault can be difficult. There are many elements that go into winning a personal injury case and a personal injury attorney is well schooled in the laws that will protect your rights after an accident or injury.

Understanding settlement options – Majority of all auto cases never go to court. This means the person responsible for the accident or his insurance company will take care of your medical bills and make you an offer for settlement for future medical bill expenses. A personal injury attorney can help you understand this offer and evaluate whether the setting is in your best interest. Once you accept the offer there is no going back and reopening the case for any future treatment or compensation for damages.

Understanding all your potential damage – We often overlook all the potential damages that a car accident can cause. Medical bills, lost wages, physical and emotional distress. Many times accidents leave us frustrated from stress and injury. During these vulnerable times, it is reassuring to have an experienced lawyer represent you to assure your legal rights.

Injuries sustained in car crashes don’t always immediately appear – Whiplash, neck pain, headaches, low back pain all can take weeks to appear. When our bodies sustain trauma, we release the stress hormone adrenaline. This masks any pain and you won’t realize that you are injured until this adrenaline wears off. Additionally, the inflammation of tissue can take hours, days, and even weeks to fully manifest. This is simply how the body responds to inflammation. Symptoms often evolve rather than instantaneously appear. An easy gage of this, however not fail proof, is to assess the damage of the vehicles involved and use common sense on how that impact could have absorbed into your body and caused potential damage. To know for sure, seek a qualified health-care professional, which your personal injury attorney can help you find, to get an expert opinion. This can be extremely important in your future health. Simply put, air on the side of caution and get checked out.

Insurance companies don’t always have your best interest in mind – I know this one may come as a shock but while most insurance companies aim to protect their clients it’s important to understand insurance companies also aim to increase profits and reduce costs. Since your best interest and your insurance company’s agenda may not be aligned, hiring an attorney can be the best way to ensure you have an advocate for your best interests.

Finding the right attorney is a big decision. When choosing an attorney, make sure to look for one experienced in personal injury due to auto accidents. They are experts who know personal injury laws and procedures to effectively handle your case acting as your advocate through the process. This brings invaluable peace of mind while going through this stressful event.


  1. Sam Solo says:

    I think it would be important to hire a lawyer, especially when you are dealing with a lot of medical bills. The lawyer could probably get you a settlement that would be able to cover all of the. I’ll have to remember to hire someone if I ever get in an accident.

  2. Jay says:

    I never thought about the latent physical trauma that could appear. That’s a good point! I have never personally been in an accident, but I have had neck pains from whiplash, and it is painful some days. I will have to consider legal recourse the next time I am in an accident. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Burt Silver says:

    I like what you said about insurance companies not having your best interest in mind and that seems to be true with a lot of things after you get into a car accident. A friend of mine recently got into a car accident and he’s been looking into finding a good auto accident lawyer. He’s young and doesn’t know very well about defending himself and he doesn’t want to be taken advantage of by the person that crashed into him. He’ll have to look into figuring out what he can do and educate himself on where he stands right now.

  4. Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining some reasons to get an auto accident lawyer. I actually didn’t know that they can understand different settlement options and what would be good for you. It sounds really beneficial if you want to make sure that you make the right decision in your case.

  5. Millie Hue says:

    I have never thought about hiring an attorney when I get into an accident, hopefully not. Whenever I see accidents on the road, all I think about is calling an ambulance or the authorities to deal with the problem. It really helped me understand how important it is when you talked about how they will fight for my legal rights while I think about myself first and relieve myself from the stress and injury. Thanks!

  6. Gerty Gift says:

    I really appreciate what you said about these usually not going to court. I have a friend who just wants to get compensated for what has happened since the accident, not necessarily to make a big deal out of it. I think that this will give her a lot of comfort to know that it probably won’t even get that far.

  7. Olivia Nelson says:

    Thanks for the advice about finding an auto accident lawyer who can help you understand all the potential damage an accident may cause. Finding someone who can explain things to you in simple terms would be really helpful as well. My husband and I are looking for help after a recent car accident, so we’ll have to consider how well they explain the damage first.

  8. James Anderson says:

    It sure is nice to know that an auto accident attorney can help the client to understand offers from the person responsible for the accident or their insurance company and evaluate whether the setting is in your best interest. A friend of mine got injured in an auto accident recently. I’ll mention this to him so that he can get in touch with an attorney right away and help him with the settlement.

  9. Max Sayer says:

    Having just bought a car it seemed like a good idea to find out more about car accident attorneys in case anything ever happens. The reasons listed were very helpful in what I should be looking out for in an attorney. The one that stood out the most was how often overlooked some damage is.

  10. Amanda Drew says:

    Thanks for pointing out that symptoms will often come overtime rather than be instantaneous. An attorney would help you know what to look for. It would be really important to find one who is familiar with this sort of situation, and the laws surrounding it. You’d just need to find the right accident attorney.

  11. Hazel Owens says:

    I didn’t think about how a car accident lawyer can help relieve some of the damage that an accident can cause, like medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional distress. My son just got into an accident and was T-boned by a teenager who didn’t see the red light. I’ll have to look into hiring an attorney to help us.

  12. Millie Hue says:

    I never knew that it is important to hire an attorney when I get into an accident. Like you said, they have the right knowledge when it comes to settling the claims, and it’s good to know that they do it in our best interest. I will keep that in mind if ever I get into an accident someday. Recently, I got the car of my dreams, and it’s the first time that I will be driving. So thanks a lot for the information!

  13. Lilia Robberts says:

    I find it interesting in this article where it says, that you should find an attorney who has had experience with a person with the injury because of an auto accident, is very interesting. I have recently have gotten an injury from a car accident and looking for someone who can understand me. I don’t know why this happened to me, but I am thankful that I am still alive.

  14. Rosie Beckett says:

    My mom recently got into a car accident and it was not her fault, so she is thinking of hiring a lawyer. I am glad that I found this article because I had no idea that there are so many benefits! You make a great point that a lawyer can help you to understand all of your settlement options and can help you get the most compensation for damages. Also, the fact that the lawyer understands that there are many potential damages like medical bills and lost wages is a huge benefit for my mom. I think a lawyer could definitely help her through her case!

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  16. Penelope Smith says:

    This is some really good information about auto accidents. I liked that you explained that if you where injured you could have a case. It does seem like it would be smart to get treatment for the injury as well.

  17. Thanks for mentioning how an auto accident attorney should work hard for you. I also like how you said that they should help you avoid damage. My husband was in a car accident, and he needs a good lawyer.

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  19. Amy Winters says:

    Thanks for pointing out that injuries from car crashes can take weeks to fully manifest themselves. My sister was in a car crash yesterday, and she’s had some mild pain since then. She wasn’t going to hire a lawyer since the accident and resulting injury were relatively mild. I’ll definitely tell her that her injuries may be more serious than they appear right now, and that she should probably hire a lawyer just in case.

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  30. Gary Puntman says:

    I agree that proving fault can be difficult, even with witnesses. In this case, it’s important to get a lawyer. This can help you figure out who was at fault and go through the correct legal processes for figuring out compensation.

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  34. Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for elaborating on the need for an attorney after getting into a car accident. I agree that you want to get an attorney as soon as possible so you have the details in the front of your mind. My brother just recently got into an accident and has been looking into getting an attorney; I will be sure to share this with him.

  35. My sister was in a car accident that left her injured, and I told her she may want to hire an attorney to help with a case. You had some great information about hiring a car accident lawyer, and I liked how you said that during the time after an accident, many people are frustrated from medical bills, lost wages, physical and emotional distress. Its helpful to have a good lawyer during these times to represent you and assure your legal rights, so I’ll be sure to share this with my sister to help her with her car accident injury.

  36. Arya Smith says:

    Thanks for helping me understand that hiring a lawyer will make sure that you don’t miss any legal rights that you have to get your claim. I will share this information with my sister since she has been in an accident this evening while she was going home. It appears that the other driver was drunk which resulted in a crash. This information will make her hire a lawyer for her own benefit.

  37. Kit Hannigan says:

    Thanks for explaining how an attorney can help evaluate if a settlement offer will good enough for their client. My sister is temporarily bedridden after getting on a highway collision. She helps her daughter to pay her tuition, so she definitely needs all the financial support she can get. I’ll be sure to advise her to get a car accident lawyer immediately so she can have a better idea of her options should the other party decide to settle.

  38. Michael Lee says:

    It is interesting that you said that car accident attorneys would be good to help to understand settlement options. I have a friend that took the first settlement and they wish they waited. They ended up needing a surgery from the accident that the settlement did not help with.

  39. I think it’s interesting that you said that often times injuries resulting from a car accident can take weeks to appear, and often the cases are closed by the time they begin to cause problems. I think this is a major benefit of hiring a car accident injury lawyer because it will allow for the injured person to receive the medical compensation they are entitled to. My friend was recently injured in a car accident and not at fault, but only now is realizing the inconvenient back pain that resulted. I’ll definitely recommend that she find a reliable car accident lawyer in her area that can help her navigate the legal process and receive the compensation that she needs to treat her pain.

  40. Gary Puntman says:

    I agree that a lawyer can help you determine who is at fault after an accident. That can help you get the compensation you need if you weren’t at fault. They can also help you protect your rights and help you understand what those are, like you said.

  41. joy butler says:

    I have never been in a major car accident before. I think that if I was I would hire a lawyer. You bring up a great point that injuries from a car crash don’t always appear immediately. With this in mind, If I ever get in an accident, I will be sure to hire a lawyer.

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