Getting into a car accident is a frightening and stressful experience. Numerous thoughts pass through your mind, but does at least one of them involve hiring a lawyer? Probably not—and understandably so—but here is why that should change.
Specific Ways a Lawyer Can Help
Car accidents are quite common, and many of you have a general idea of what to do. Yes, take pictures of the damage; yes, exchange insurance information. However, not many of you are aware of the various ways you can maximize your recovery or minimize your loss. Below are specific examples of how a lawyer can help you after a car accident:
1. A Lawyer Can Better Negotiate On Your Behalf
After a car accident, you typically will need to request for coverage from your insurance company. Insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible, and unless you are a skilled negotiator, you will likely end up with an emptier pocket than warranted. Many lawyers are expert negotiators with successful negotiating experiences. Therefore, if a lawyer negotiates on your behalf, you have a greater chance of receiving a larger—and arguably fairer—settlement from your insurance company.
2. A Lawyer Can Help You Identify Legal Claims That Maximize Your Recovery
Any accident can involve legal claims, and many accidents often do. For example, if the accident was caused by the fault of the other driver, you might have various legal claims through which you can recover damages. An experienced lawyer will accurately assess your losses and identify the claims that might be available to you. This way, you will be able to maximize your recovery.
3. A Lawyer Can Create Effective Defense Strategies That Minimize Your Loss
On the flip-side, you might be at fault for the accident. In Indiana, if you are at fault, the other party can recover damages from you. An experienced lawyer can help you strategize effective legal defenses that can minimize your loss.
4. A Lawyer Can Represent You In Litigation
In some cases, car accidents lead to litigation. This usually happens when the facts are complicated and the fault is unclear. Litigation involves complex legal processes that require legal expertise, and it is best to have a lawyer who fully knows the facts. Therefore, by hiring a lawyer immediately after your accident, you will be better equipped for litigation. Even if you did not hire a lawyer immediately after your accident, it is not too late.
5. A Lawyer Can Help You Understand Your Insurance Policy
There are many uncertainties following an accident, such as whether your insurance price will sky-rocket. These uncertainties can induce additional stress and make the entire experience even more frustrating. The answers to many of the uncertainties can often be found in the insurance policy, but unfortunately, most policies are riddled with legal jargon. A lawyer who speaks the legal language can help clarify your insurance policy and answer many of your questions. In other words, in addition to helping you in the abovementioned ways, a lawyer can alleviate your stress and offer you peace of mind.
If you recently got into a car accident, allow Brinkley Law to assist you and alleviate your stress. Contact Brinkley Law at any time at 317-643-1813.