Should I Get an Attorney After a Car Accident?
Immediately after a car wreck, calling a lawyer is probably nowhere on your list of top priorities. First, you want to ensure your medical needs are taken care of and check on any passengers you may have had in the vehicle with you. That’s exactly as it should be. Your well-being comes first.
It’s after the initial chaos dies down that most people begin to question their next move. Namely, they ask themselves:
“Should I Get an Attorney After a Car Accident?”
Every auto accident case is different, so I can’t give you a “one size fits all” answer to this question. However, I can tell you that calling a lawyer should definitely be your next move if:
- The accident was (at least primarily) the other driver’s fault, and
- You were injured in the accident, or
- You’re representing a spouse, child, or another family member who was seriously injured or killed in the accident.
You see, when a car accident leads to an injury, it raises the stakes of your case — not only from your perspective, but from the other driver’s and the insurance company’s as well. Given the opportunity, the insurance adjuster(s) will do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible for your accident. That’s their job.
Personal injury attorneys, on the other hand, exist for the exact opposite reason. We fight to get you as much monetary compensation as your case will allow.
Should I Wait to See What the Insurance Company Offers?
Recent studies reveal that a whopping 80-90% of personal injury victims accept far less than their accident claims are worth. This happens for a number of reasons: victims are pressured by their insurance adjusters, insurance companies drag out their cases until victims are willing to settle for less, victims don’t realize the offer is unfair until it’s too late — the list goes on.
Now you may be thinking, “Alright, maybe I should call a lawyer. But I’ll wait to see what the insurance company says first.” This is a risky strategy for a few reasons. Most notably:
- It’s more difficult for insurance adjusters to lowball you with an attorney present.
- An experienced personal injury lawyer can recognize (and push back against) an unfair settlement offer.
- By being involved in your case from the start, your attorney can provide you with the best possible advice to maximize your payout.
Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into accepting a settlement before you’ve discussed your case with an attorney. Play it safe and consult with a knowledgeable, local auto accident attorney today. If your accident occured in or near Monroe, Louisiana, I recommend contacting my firm, Bruscato Law.
Monroe, Louisiana Auto Accident Attorney
My name is John Bruscato, and as the principal attorney here at Bruscato Law, I would like to personally invite you to reach out with any questions you may have about your auto accident claim. I work with clients throughout the greater Monroe area and strive to offer the absolute best customer service possible.
To make this stressful time a little easier on you, I offer free consultations and work on contingency. That means you don’t have to worry about scraping together any money to cover attorney fees. I only get paid in the event that I help you recover compensation for your case.
Whether your auto accident involved two passenger vehicles, a semi-truck, a motorcycle, a bicyclist, a pedestrian, or the wrongful death of a loved one, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Schedule a free consultation with me so that together, we can strategize the best way to approach your unique case.