Updated on April 19th, 2023
Car accidents happen more often than we know. Accidents are most commonly caused by fatigue, drunk driving, and poor road conditions. Aside from being thankful you’re alive, the first thing you think after a car accident is how much will it cost you? No matter who is at fault for the accident, you are entitled to cover your losses. The question is, do you think you will successfully negotiate a claim with the insurance company or should you seek the professional legal advice of a lawyer? You’re probably thinking, “How Do I Decide When To Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?”
You can file an insurance claim on your own; however, any mistake can potentially reduce your compensation. Not to mention all the phone calls and paperwork while you are trying to recover. Think about the following things when deciding whether to hire a car accident lawyer.
How Serious Was The Accident?
Was it just a minor fender bender or were you seriously hurt? If your car accident only caused minor damage to your car, then it is easily resolved without the need for a lawyer. You can file your claim with the insurance company with the bill for the repairs of your car. If there are any injuries to you or anyone else involved in the car accident, then it is best to seek legal advice. Nakase Law Firm offers free consultations so you can see legal advice right away.
If the accident was severe, resulting in serious damage to your car, significant medical bills, and lost wages, then the claim will be high value. It is best to seek the help of a skilled car accident lawyer to ensure you are getting every dime you deserve. After all, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Whose Fault Was The Accident?
One of the most common questions we hear clients ask is, should I get a lawyer if the car accident wasn’t my fault? The answer for those living in a comparative fault state like California is yes. While you will still receive a payout if you are found partially at fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your liability. This means that the insurance company only has to show that you are a little bit at fault to reduce the amount they pay you. You need a car accident lawyer to help strengthen your case and ensure you do not give the insurance company any fodder to throw doubt on your innocence.
Do You Want Maximum Compensation?
If you are filing an insurance claim yourself, then you will be going up against a team of insurance lawyers. These lawyers will stop at nothing to ensure their clients pay the least amount possible in compensation. Best case scenario, you will receive much less than you are entitled to, worst-case scenario, your claim will be denied altogether or you will be on the line for the accident yourself.
Having a car accident lawyer on your side will significantly increase the amount of compensation you will claim. If you are thinking of hiring a lawyer for your car accident case, the Nakase Law Firm is here to help you. We will fight for every single cent you are entitled to, and not back down until we get it! Contact Nakase Law Firm today to book a free consultation.
Brad Nakase, Attorney
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