Car accidents are a global hazard. Much like you might have been surprised to learn in high school geography class that the earth experiences 100 light strikes per second, today you may be surprised to find 3,700 people die on the streets of the world every day (with an unrecorded number of injuries) ).
If you are injured in a car accident …
If people are injured in a car accident that was not their fault, they can take one of several routes forward.
First, they can believe that any type of personal injury claim will be processed on their behalf and that they will automatically receive notifications of the process.
Second, they may not want to file a claim because they were a passenger in the car that caused the accident (e.g. if the accident was a side impact collision caused by the driver of your vehicle driving a red light).
Third, they can choose to process their own personal injury compensation claim.
The problem is, first, someone else’s lawyer will process your claim for you. You should consider having your own auto accident attorney. Next, you don’t have to worry about letting a friend or family member out of your pocket as your claim will be paid by the insurer, not the person. Finally, processing your own claim is a drought with pitfalls (for example, failing to submit important documents on time can derail your claim).
So … is there a fourth way?
Benefits of having a car accident lawyer
In the days following your car accident injury, you can be emotionally vulnerable. If you’re trying to process your own claim, insurers working on behalf of the third party responsible for your crash may try to either ignore you or pay a minimum settlement amount. Unfortunately, some people make the decision to take this lower payout later to find that ongoing and growing costs such as medical bills, child care, work interruption, and vehicle repairs are not fully covered by the payout. A car accident attorney can be on hand to ensure the process is fully carried out so that personal injury compensation is representative of any losses.
In short, the staff of the third party driver responsible for your car accident work tirelessly to devalue your claim – a car accident attorney can level the playing field.
Remember, you don’t want to give your money to someone for free, and neither do the insurers of the third party driver responsible for your car accident. A car accident attorney can impose due process on the third party, which means your claim doesn’t depend on the culprit’s tactics, which may be trying to pay off as little as possible.