If you’re looking for legal help after being in a car accident, you might wonder what type of lawyer you need to contact. Below, you’ll find what you need to know about choosing the right lawyer to deal with a car accident.
Personal Injury Lawyers Deal with Accidents
Personal injury lawyers offer legal services to those who have been injured from the negligence of another person, company, or entity (such as being hurt in a car accident caused by another driver).
Personal injury lawyers’ work centers around tort law. If you have suffered any sort of injury accident someone else was responsible for, you would turn to a personal injury lawyer for help seeking compensation.
Injury lawyers who specialize in car accident cases are also known as car accident lawyers. Some car accident lawyers take on a variety of injury cases, but the experienced ones will be extremely well-versed in local laws surrounding car accident injuries.
How Car Accident Lawyers Work
If you are hurt in a car accident and another party (which is usually another driver) is at fault for the crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your costs. In states like Georgia, you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party for all accident-related damages they are responsible for (Georgia Code section 51-1-6). You can do this by filing a personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
The problem is, getting full compensation for your damages after a car accident is not usually easy. Insurance companies care most about their bottom line, and they will look for ways to reduce what they pay you. They may use tactics like:
- Trying to place some of the blame on you
- Claiming your injuries were from a pre-existing condition, not the accident
- Calling you and using anything you say against you
- Offering you a lowball settlement, hoping you’ll take it out of desperation
- Intimidating you into taking much less money than you deserve
This is where a car accident lawyer steps in. They can fight for your rights and make sure the insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you. Their primary goal is getting the fullest compensation possible for your accident damages.
When to Hire a Lawyer Who Deals with Car Accidents
Unfortunately, some injury victims decide to represent themselves after a car accident—and find the result incredibly disappointing. Since insurance companies are so skilled at fighting against claims, it’s very difficult for laypeople to handle an injury claim alone. That’s why, if you are hurt in any car accident, we highly recommend retaining the services of an experienced car accident lawyer.
It’s best to schedule a consultation with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. During the consultation, you can tell them the details of your case and get their opinion on your best course of action. Then, right away, they can start:
- Investigating your case
- Gathering evidence to be used in your claim
- Communicating (and negotiating) with the insurance company on your behalf
- Building a car accident claim that outlines proof of the accident, the other driver’s fault, and all your damages
You might wonder, “but what if my accident was small?” You may not need a lawyer if your accident was very minor, resulting in hardly any damages. Even then, however, we find most injury victims’ costs end up being a lot more than they had originally anticipated.
It often takes a car accident lawyer to add up all the damages and truly represents just how much the victim is owed as compensation. It’s best to have a professional on your side early on.
A Car Accident Lawyer Increases Your Compensation Chances
Many studies show injury victims with legal representation receive a significantly higher settlement than those without a lawyer. Plus, a survey conducted by NOLO found nine out of ten people being surveyed who had legal representation received an injury settlement or award. In comparison, only around half of those who did not work with a lawyer received a settlement of award.
Clearly, having a lawyer on your side can greatly increase your chances of fair compensation after your car accident.
How to Find the Best Lawyer to Handle Your Car Accident
To find the best car accident lawyer for you, start looking at local well-known law firms with good reputations. You want someone who has:
- Years of experience working on car accident cases similar to yours.
- Significant financial resources (so you know they can handle the largest insurance companies).
- Good chemistry with you. You want to feel comfortable with your lawyer and know you can come to them with questions.
- A strong track record of success working on car accident cases.
- Great feedback from former clients.
The best way to learn more about a lawyer is by scheduling a consultation. Make sure the law firm offer a consultation for free.
Also, be wary of settlement mills. These law firms often have extensive ads everywhere and make huge promises—but they care most about settling as many injury claims as they can in a small period of time. This means they don’t take sufficient time with each client and routinely leave money on the table.
In other words, make sure any car accident lawyer you speak to has your best interests at heart. They should listen attentively, be available if you have questions, and seem to genuinely care about getting you the best outcome possible.
Talk to a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, our lawyers have been dealing with a variety of car accident cases for the last 20 plus years. We truly care about our clients, and we have one main goal: getting you the fullest compensation possible for your damages. You should not have to pay for the negligence of another driver.
We can help. Working with us is risk-free because we don’t get paid unless we win you money. Plus, the consultation is always FREE. To schedule your FREE consultation now, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.