Auto accident victims often struggle not only with physical injuries but also with emotional and financial hardships. While some minor accidents may not require the services of a lawyer, most accident victims make a big mistake when leaving their fate to insurance companies skilled at protecting their own interests above all. If you’ve been in a car crash, it’s best to immediately contact a reputable auto accident lawyer who can help protect your rights, recover losses, and reduce the hassle and red tape associated with insurance claims. Understanding when to get legal assistance may also determine whether you end up losing large amounts in monetary damages.

Insignificant Accidents

Insignificant auto accidents are common, like when two vehicles back into each other. Often these occur in places like parking lots at low speeds, creating minimal or no damage. In cases like these, particularly when clearly no one is injured, you could opt to go directly through your insurance company and not get a lawyer. However, if there is even “minor” damage, and the other party is both at fault and uninsured, you may find yourself at odds with your own insurance company. 

When to Hire an Accident Lawyer

In the United States, most personal injury claims result from motor vehicle accidents. Any car accident involving significant damage to a vehicle or other property, physical injury, or wrongful death calls for seeking legal representation of an experienced car crash lawyer. A qualified attorney will help you get compensation to cover losses that you may have incurred due to an accident. This includes such things as car repairs, medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Additional compensation may be pursued if a loved one is killed in an accident involving drunk or reckless driving. 

Bear in mind that injuries resulting from car crashes vary widely, from minor to highly serious. While some injuries are obvious, like fractures, lacerations, or dislocations, many common injuries may not be immediately visible. For instance, some minor fractures may not be detectable, and soft tissue injuries like neck or lower back pain can cause persistent discomfort. After any car crash, we recommend seeking immediate attention in a local emergency room to document your injuries and allow doctors to treat you in a timely manner. This will also help you determine whether you in fact need the services of a qualified attorney.

To summarize, you’ll want to retain the services of an experienced attorney in the following cases:

  • When your vehicle was damaged.
  • When a serious injury occurred.
  • When someone died in the accident.
  • When you’ve missed work or other activities
  • When the other party(s) have retained attorneys.
  • When a police report does not appear accurate.
  • When there is a dispute over who was at fault.
  • When your insurer may not be acting in good faith.
  • When you are unsure of your rights.

At Hudgins Law Firm, our sole responsibility is to YOU. We will fight for the compensation you deserve following an auto accident. We deal with insurance companies and take them to court if necessary. To set up a FREE consultation, call us toll-free at 800-950-5534, or complete this form on our website. We’re the right team for you!