Unfortunately, car accidents are an everyday occurrence. But that doesn’t make them a pleasant experience. Dealing with a car accident can be stressful and insurance claims can make the whole thing a hassle. A car accident lawyer can make the difference between a stress free case and owing or losing large monetary damages.
Even if you’re at fault, a qualified attorney can help with reducing penalties, negotiating license suspensions, and keeping you sane.
When to get an attorney for a car accident?
The deadline for filing personal injury claims varies from state to state, so it’s best to contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible. Generally speaking, you should contact your attorney 1 or 2 weeks after the accident, but before reaching a settlement with your insurance company. This is true especially if you’re not at fault.
Worried about the fees? Most attorneys will accept your case on a contingency or “no win-no pay” basis. It’s in your best interest to talk to someone as soon as possible and save yourself the headache and hassle.
What are you entitled to in a car accident?
Your entitlement in an auto accident depends on who is at fault. If you were at fault, then you are only entitled to damages if you carry certain types of insurance. This coverage can include:
- Medical payments coverage, which pays for your medical expenses regardless of fault in a crash.
- Personal injury protection coverage. Like medical payments coverage, except that it also pays for 80 percent of lost income and the cost of hiring a caregiver.
- Collision coverage, which pays for damages to your vehicle after a crash.
If you were not at fault, you are entitled to a lot more regardless of your insurance coverage. You can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company and can seek compensation for the full extent of your losses. This includes:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and future lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
- Property damage.
How much is my pain and suffering worth?
We understand that going through an auto accident is not an easy task. Regardless of who is at fault, it’s a pain for both parties and can sometimes result in very serious consequences. Get in touch with us today and see how our knowledge and experience can help you.