If you have been in a car crash, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. The fact is, over two-thirds of motor vehicle crashes involve only property damage. If there were no injuries or only minor injuries, you should be able to negotiate the settlement directly based on actual damages to the vehicle and/or any other property (fences, walls, street signs, etc.). If, however, you were injured or a loved one died in the crash, you might need an attorney.
How can an accident attorney help after a crash?
- When a person is injured in a car accident, he or she may not be thinking clearly. Consulting with an attorney before giving a statement to the other party’s insurance carrier or signing a settlement can ensure your rights are protected. Most accident lawyers, Solomon Law Group included, offer free consultations to injury victims.
- In many cases, we meet people who thought their injuries were relatively minor, but ended up needing surgery or additional treatment months after the crash. Understanding this up front and knowing how to work with the doctors and insurance companies can prevent a too-early settlement that leaves you responsible for paying future medical bills.
- In certain situations, there may be third-party responsibility for the crash. An injury lawyer can investigate your accident and determine if a product liability issue exists, or perhaps the state’s dram laws apply.
- The law is constantly changing, and there are statutes that govern the time frame you have to file a lawsuit in a motor vehicle accident case. An injury lawyer will know the most current laws and deadlines.
While the number of individuals killed in auto crashes has declined steadily over the years due to new auto safety features and advances in medicine, if you have lost a loved one in a crash that was the fault of another person it can be devastating. I would encourage you to speak to an experienced injury lawyer to learn your rights.
As always, the attorneys at Solomon Law Group are here to protect the injured in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our offices.