Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Car Accident that Was Not my Fault?

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Car accidents and the injuries they cause can range from minor cuts and bruises to life changing or even ending injuries. In some cases, you may be able to handle your own personal injury claim after an accident and receive fair compensation from the insurance company. However, depending on the circumstances of your accident and your injuries; you may want to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

If you were involved in an accident that you think was not your fault, you may benefit from hiring an accident attorney with no fee, unless you win, even if you have minor injuries or only property damage. In many cases with the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney, you may receive full compensation for your medical expenses and costs of repairing your vehicle by the at-fault driver’s insurance company.  However, whenever the at-fault deriver denies fault for the accident, the insurance company refuses to pay, or the at-fault deriver is uninsured; a simple personal injury car accident claim will become very complicated.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, contact Cannon & Associates at (405) 657-2323 for a free case evaluation with our Fierce Advocates and car accident lawyers.

How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help My Case?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, having a Fierce Advocate and car accident attorney will increase your changes of obtaining a settlement to cover your current and future medical bills and expenses from your accident.

An experienced accident lawyer will conduct a complete investigation into your accident and help you document all your injuries and damages from medical records, medical bills, financial records, and employment records.

Our Fierce Advocate accident lawyers will use this information to help you evaluate your injury and damage claim and negotiate a fair settlement. Without an experienced car accident lawyer, you may be forced to accept a settlement offer far below your injury and damages, which will not cover your costs and expenses from treatment for your injuries.

Will an Injury Lawyer Get Me a Larger Settlement?

Hiring an experienced accident attorney to represent you in your injury claim will protect you from undervaluing your car accident claim and from settling your claim before knowing the full extent of your injuries. Many car accident victims who decide to negotiate their own claims end up settling before they have recovered from their injuries or identified the full extent of damages.

When you accept an offer in your car accident claim, you are generally prohibited from seeking additional damages or compensation at a later time. After settling your car accident claim, if you have additional medical bills or expenses you may be prohibited from additional compensation. In these instances, your initial settlement may be insufficient to cover your ongoing medical issues and medical expenses. Once you’ve settled your car accident case, your claim is closed.

How Will a Lawyer Handle the Insurance Company?

Deciding to work with a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience dealing with car accident claims has many benefits, including dealing directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or your own insurance company, so you can focus on your recovery, while our Fierce Advocates focus on your case.

An experienced car accident lawyer will protect you from singing away rights to an insurance company or insurance adjuster. Insurance companies are concerned first and foremost with their bottom line, making a profit, not your injuries and your right to compensation for them.

Contact an experienced car accident lawyer, if you were involved in a car accident that was another vehicles fault, you were rear-ended, or you were a passenger in an accident that you did not cause and you suffered any injury. You may be entitled to compensation no matter how small your injury, if you were not at fault for a car accident injury. An experienced car accident attorney will help guide you through the process and help build your case and evaluate your damages.

Yes, in most car accident injury cases the answer you should hire an accident lawyer.

After you receive medical attention or treatment for any injuries you from a car accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer to help determine the next steps in the process of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and expenses related to your car accident.

A personal injury lawyer will be your advocate and guide through each step in the complex process of negotiating or litigating a personal injury car accident claim. You will either receive a settlement to compensate you for your injuries and damages or you will be well prepared to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your car accident injuries.

You do not have to work with any attorney, including a personal injury attorney, to file and pursue a claim for your personal injury. In fact, many car accident injury victims decide to handle their own claim without the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. However, if want an experienced advocate to fight for your fair compensation during the process or protect you from the insurance companies’ tactics and pressure, hiring an experienced car accident attorney is a step in the right direction.

Car accident injury victims that have suffered substantial injuries, including permanent disability, broken bones, torn cartilage, or injuries requiring surgery or substantial rehabilitation should interview and hire the personal injury attorney they like and trust to handle their case. It is very difficult to forecast the costs and impact of serious injuries as a result of a car accident and you only have one opportunity to settle a car accident injury claim. In this case, it is important to protect your interests and your claim by working with a Fierce Advocate that understands the nuances of personal injury, car accident laws, civil litigation, and has experiencing representing and winning for car accident injury victims.

Finally, to this point, Oklahoma is a At-Fault State, which means you can only recover damages after a car accident, if you are less than 50 percent responsible for an accident. In a case involving a dispute or discrepancy of who is at fault for the accident, it is important to work with a lawyer with experience in car accident litigation that can support your claim and fight for fair compensation. Especially, when the other driver’s insurance company or insurance adjuster is trying to deny fault for the accident.

How can a Car Accident Lawyer Maximize my Accident Claim?

An experienced car accident lawyer can maximize your accident claim and the damages you receive to cover the costs of your current and future medical bills and expenses by building your injury case in the following ways:

  • Your accident lawyer can show the accident was not your fault and specifically how the other driver was at fault or responsible for the accident, due to their negligence.
  • Your accident lawyer can fight for you by presenting your medical records, accident report, and other evidence to help obtain a favorable settlement.
  • Your accident lawyer will handle all the legal aspects of your car accident claim and ensure you understand everything in the process.

Our Car Accident Lawyers will help you show the Accident was not your Fault

Unless you were struck from behind at a red light or a stop sign, the other party or their insurance company may try to show comparative negligence or claim the accident was partially your fault. An experienced car accident lawyer will help show the accident was not your fault. In Oklahoma, car accident victims can only recover damages for their injuries or expenses, if they were 50 percent or less at fault for the accident. Additionally, the total recover is reduced based on a driver’s percentage of responsibility for the accident.

When another party to a car accident claims that you were at fault in the accident, you stand to risk losing compensation or money for your injuries. During the insurance claims process, the other party and the insurance company will try to assign fault to you, even if you did nothing wrong. This is a tactic by insurance companies to avoid paying damages or financial compensation to injury victims.

A car accident lawyer can help support your claim that the other driver was at fault for the accident or negligent. Expert witnesses can be used by your car accident lawyer to support your claim, such as an accident reconstructionist or a medical professional to speak to your current and future injuries as a result of the physical trauma from the car accident.

Our Car Accident Lawyers will use Fierce Advocacy to help you obtain a Favorable Settlement

Even when no one involved in the process claims you are at fault for the accident, the insurance provider will likely offer you a low-ball settlement that they realistically believe you will accept. The insurance adjuster is not making this offer as an evaluation of your injuries or the damage to your vehicle, they are simply trying to find the lowest dollar amount you will accept to go away.

One of the many problems with settlement offers from insurance companies shortly after an accident, is that it is impossible to know the full extent of your injuries and the cost of your treatment to try and make you whole after an accident. An experienced personal injury lawyer will build your case and demonstrate to the insurance adjuster in concrete terms the cost to cover your medical bills and future treatment.

Insurance adjusters will use tactics, such as telling you this is all the money they are allowed to offer on the claim, even though this statement is simply not true. Anytime you are told something like this from an insurance adjuster, you should politely end the phone call and contact a car accident lawyer to review your damages and fight for fair compensation in your injury claim. An experienced car accident attorney will fight for you directly with the insurance company, negotiate with the insurance provider or adjuster and seek compensation for your damages.

In personal injury litigation, including car accident claims, the cost of hiring an attorney should never stop you from hiring an experienced lawyer. A Fierce Advocate will help you obtain a larger settlement or fight for you in litigation, if you do not receive a settlement offer that you want to accept. Our firm only recovers attorney fees or compensation, if we will for you.

Even after reducing your settlement or judgment by the attorney fees in handling your case, the money you receive is often greater than what you could have obtained from the insurance company directly.

Your Lawyer Will Handle the Legal Aspects of your Car Accident Claim

Another reason to hire a car accident lawyer to handle your car accident claim is it frees you to focus on the most important thing; your recovery. You will have lifestyle adjustments, treatments, potentially surgery, and recovery to focus on immediately following your injury accident.

While you focus on recovery, our Fierce Advocates will focus on your car accident claim: we will gather evidence to support your injury claim, collect evidence to support your fault determination, and met every deadline in your car accident claim or car accident injury lawsuit, including the always looming Oklahoma statute of limitations to file a car accident lawsuit, two years.

Regarding the statute of limitations, if you are within six months of the two-year statute of limitations, you need to contact a car accident attorney. Insurance companies are well aware of the statute of limitations and will hold off settling for fair compensation until after the statute of limitations; knowing that you will not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, if you do not settle for what you are offered. It is vital to your obtaining fair compensation that you do not wait until the eleventh hour of the two-year statute of limitations to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. Remember, car insurance companies are businesses and they benefit from paying you less than what your injury case is worth.

Our Fierce Advocates and Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys Will Help You

Experience matters when you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of the negligence of someone in a vehicle accident in Oklahoma. It is important to know the Oklahoma personal injury lawyer you hire is dedicated to your cause and versed in all aspects of car accident law and damages in Oklahoma. Cannon & Associates is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for accident victims and will fight for you. Founder John Cannon has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top 40 under 40. Contact Cannon & Associates to protect your rights and fight for compensation in your car accident case in Oklahoma. Complete the CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE NOW or CALL at 405-657-2323 for a free confidential case evaluation.