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When Should You Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Six Signs That You Need Legal Help Now

When Should You Hire an Attorney After a Car AccidentDid you suffer serious injuries in a car accident? Have you struggled with the insurance company over the compensation you deserve? Do you even know how much compensation you deserve for a car accident?

When should you bring in a car accident lawyer to help you?

Any time you suffer injuries in a car accident, an attorney can help you file a car accident claim and better understand the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If in doubt, consider these guidelines for when to contact a car accident attorney.

1. You suffered injuries in a car accident.

Traumatic brain injury. Spinal cord damage. Amputation. Burns. Car accidents can cause painful, life-altering injuries that leave you with substantial limitations. You deserve compensation, not only for your direct medical bills, but for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of your injury. Many people do not realize how much compensation they deserve after a car accident, especially one in which they suffered serious injuries. An attorney can help provide you with more information about the compensation you deserve.

If you have a high-dollar claim, you should definitely contact a car accident attorney before filing your claim or accepting any offer made by an insurance company. While the average driver may carry minimal bodily injury protection, both rideshare drivers and commercial drivers carry high-coverage policies that can provide vital financial protection after an accident. The more money you need to ask for in compensation for your injuries, however, the more the insurance company may fight the claim, and the more vital an attorney may prove.

2. More than one party may have contributed to your accident.

In some cases, multiple parties contribute to a car accident: not just more than one driver, but the driver’s employer, the manufacturer of a vehicle or its component parts, or even a mechanic who recently worked on the vehicle. Multiple factors can complicate your claim, since each liable party may argue that the others bear liability for your accident and, as a result, try to refuse to pay. Not only that, identifying multiple parties who share liability for your accident can increase the compensation you ultimately receive for your injuries. An attorney can help identify all parties that contributed to your accident and collect vital evidence against those parties, establishing your claim.

3. You received an early settlement offer from the insurance company that covers the liable driver.

Many accident victims assume that if they receive a settlement offer from the insurance company, they should take it. A settlement offer takes out the need for an attorney and provides you with a fast check that can make it easier for you to rebuild your life after an accident.

Unfortunately, that settlement offer rarely reflects the funds you deserve.

Many insurance adjusters work to protect the insurance company, not to offer the compensation an accident victim really deserves for injuries suffered in the accident. As a result, that settlement offer may not reflect the full funds you deserve following your accident. An attorney can help give you a better idea of how much compensation you really deserve for your injuries and help you file a claim that does include the full compensation you deserve.

4. You have let some time pass since your accident.

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, you may have plenty on your plate. Not only do you need to sort out repairs to or replacement of your vehicle, you have injuries to recover from, appointments to attend, therapy to go through, and modifications to make to your home. Then, as you start to recover, you may need to juggle your return to work. As time wears on, you may forget about the need to file a car accident claim.

If you let time pass since your accident, a car accident attorney can help you understand the statute of limitations and how it applies to your claim. Your car accident lawyer can also look for common loopholes that could allow you to file a car accident claim and receive the compensation you deserve even if some time has passed since the accident.

5. You cannot get the funds you deserve from the insurance company.

You may have accepted a settlement offer from the insurance company, often under the guidance of your insurance company. Maybe you suffered relatively minor injuries and chose not to involve a lawyer. You expected the funds to show up quickly.

Unfortunately, the insurance company keeps refusing to pay, or simply does not issue a timely payment.

If you cannot get the insurance company to pay the funds you deserve from a car accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon after that accident as possible. An attorney can help you understand your rights, go after that compensation, and hold the insurance company liable for its actions related to your claim.

6. The insurance company that covers the liable driver claims that you caused the accident.

Joseph L. Benson II, Esq.
Car accident attorney, Joseph L. Benson II, Esq.

The police report might state that the other driver caused the accident, but the other driver denies fault. Conversely, the police report may inaccurately claim that you caused the accident, in whole or in part. If liability for the accident gets mistakenly placed on your shoulders, an attorney can help.

An experienced car accident attorney can help collect evidence regarding your accident: looking for video footage, including traffic camera footage or security camera footage from local businesses; collecting witness statements; having an expert witness evaluate the evidence from the accident. Often, a car accident attorney can help provide the evidence you need to show that you did not cause the accident.

Any time you have questions about an auto accident, especially if you suffered serious injuries, an attorney can help. Contact an experienced car accident attorney such as the team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC  as soon after your accident as possible. Not only can our attorneys help collect evidence and give you a better understanding of your rights, but many clients also find that working with a car accident attorney ultimately increases the compensation they receive for injuries sustained in a serious accident.


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626 S 10th St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-382-9797

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