Yes, you should speak to a lawyer if any of the following are true:
- You sustained physical injuries in the accident.
- Your injuries have prevented your ability to carry out your day to day activities.
- You have incurred medical expenses as a result of the accident.
- The insurance company is forcing you to accept an unreasonable settlement amount.
- The accident report does not accurately describe what happened.
- The insurance company wants to record your statements.
- You are incorrectly designated as the party at fault.
- You’re not sure what your rights are.
- You’re not sure how to negotiate with the insurance company.
If you were involved in an accident, you should keep in mind that the insurance company is not your friend. Above all, insurance companies’ primary objective is to make money. The more successful they are at reducing or denying your claim, the bigger their profit margins.
It’s in insurance companies’ best interest to make low-ball offers or downright deny your claim, even when all evidence is in your favor. While you experience pain due to the accident, insurance companies are more concerned about minimizing compensation.
It is in your best interest to speak to a lawyer, even if you are unsure whether you have a claim or not.
Experienced car accident attorneys will explain your options.
- Do not sign any documents unless you speak to a lawyer first,
- Do not make any recorded statements, as they may be used against you to invalidate or minimize your claim,
- Speak to an attorney to learn about your rights and find out all of your options.
How do I find a good car accident lawyer?
The best way to find a good lawyer is by meeting with the attorneys in person to see if you feel comfortable with him/her.
When searching for an attorney online, look for qualities such as:
- Area of expertise. Avoid attorneys that do not specialize in personal injury law.
- Past results. Find out what types of cases the attorney has handled in the past and what type of settlements he or she has obtained.
- Who will handle your case? Will the attorney you speak with handle every aspect of your case or will he/she give your case to a junior attorney?
- Open line of communication – is the attorney readily available to answer all of your questions? Or will he/she direct you to speak with a paralegal or an assistant?
- Recognition – has the attorney been recognized by peers and clients as someone who is competent in personal injury?
If you are searching online, look for attorneys who have handled cases similar to your case. Consider asking your state bar association for a referral.
Car accidents in California
If you were in a car accident in California and need an attorney, or simply have questions about your situation, feel free to give us a call (213) 891-0777.