There are hundreds of car accidents in the state of Washington every single day. These accidents can be traumatic experiences, even if it’s just a minor fender-bender. When something like this occurs, people are often wondering whether they need a lawyer or not. to find out when you should hire an Auto Accident Lawyer.
When should I hire an attorney? If you have been in an accident, it is always a good idea to speak with an auto accident attorney. Most attorneys offer free initial consults. Regardless of the severity of your accident, the first thing you should always do is get medical attention. Call 911, even if you feel fine.
Once you have made that call, take stock of the scene of the accident. Take note of any witnesses and try to get their contact information. Take pictures of your vehicle, and any other vehicles involved, especially where damage was done. Call the police, and make sure a report is filed. Do NOT admit fault, even if you feel you are at fault. Get the other driver’s insurance information, and take note of the circumstances that led to the accident: were they speeding? Following too closely? Distracted driving? Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Driving too fast for the current weather conditions? Once you have received initial medical care, it’s time to get in contact with an attorney.
Why should I hire an attorney? The long story short is that insurance companies are in the business of making money, not giving it to you. If you are owed a settlement, they will always, always offer you much less than you deserve. It is never a good idea to accept the first settlement offer from an insurance company. Always consult with an attorney to see if the settlement offer is fair.
Insurance companies have teams of attorneys working for them. To maximize your settlement so that you can actually pay for property damage and medical bills, you need an attorney working for you to make sure that you are paid what you are owed. An auto accident attorney has extensive knowledge about insurance law, and knowledge about how to interact with insurance adjusters to get you the settlement you deserve.
If you have been injured as a result of an auto accident, dealing with an insurance company only ads more stress. The last thing anyone wants to do while they are in pain, is trying to fight with an insurance company over how much money the insurance company owes them. Hiring an attorney allows you to rest and recover in peace, knowing that the details are being worked out for you, especially if you are missing work to recover.
One of the most important reasons to hire an attorney is cost. Unlike most other types of attorneys, a personal injury attorney does not typically charge by the hour. Instead, they work on contingency. This means, that instead of charging you for their time, they simply take a percentage of your settlement. This percentage is typically about 33%. What does that mean for you? It means that hiring an auto accident attorney costs you nothing out of pocket. It means that you owe us nothing if we don’t win a settlement for you.
At Telaré law, we have extensive experience and long track record of successful personal injury cases. We’re aggressive on your behalf and we don’t stop until the settlement you are offered is fair to you. If you’ve been in an accident, call us today!