Figuring Out Who is at Fault
“At Fault” means the person or driver that caused the car accident. It is important to remember that some states are contributory negligence states, which means if the other party is even 1% at fault, then they cannot collect for the accident.
Insurance companies and their shareholders aren’t rich because they pay out every claim filed. That is why insurance companies will fight every claim that comes into their office.
If they receive a call from an injured party and that person does not have a lawyer, the insurance company figures they can resolve the claim with a low offer to settle. That could leave the injured party in a position that hurts them in the long run because all of their bills are not paid and they have nothing to show for the pain and suffering.
Avoid a Liability Trap
What happens if there is a dispute as to who is at fault for the accident? In those circumstances, the insurance company will more likely than not deny your claim. If their insured driver tells them a different story than your story of how the accident occurred, they will probably deny your claim and then you’re stuck will all of the bills and no one to pay for them.
Make sure you don’t make any statements to the other driver’s insurance company until you speak with a lawyer. You may unknowingly admit fault and the insurance company may use that admission to deny the claim.
That is an example of when you need a lawyer for a car accident. You need the lawyer to file a suit or put pressure on the insurance company to settle the claim rather than fight it in court. If the insurance company for the at-fault driver is denying liability, then contact our lawyers at 410.288.2900, let us fight the claim.
The Insurance Company and Getting Medical Bills Paid
Let’s assume you have hurt and you’ve seen multiple doctors and physical therapists. Now you have thousands in medical bills and you’ve lost time from work and have had to use sick time. The insurance company wants to give you the exact amount for your bills, but they don’t want to pay for your lost wages.
Then you need a lawyer. You should be compensated for your lost wages and you should also be compensated for the time and hassle of the accident. The at-fault driver caused you to have to see the doctor and therapist. That was your free time that you could have been using to do things for you.
Now you had to spend it healing from your injuries. You should be compensated and our lawyers can make the insurance company pay for that time.
No fee unless we win. That’s how we get paid. If we don’t win your case, then you don’t pay us a penny. We work on a contingency basis for our fee. That means our fee is paid from the settlement of verdict in your case.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident and you need a lawyer, contact our office at (410) 694-7291 for a FREE case evaluation and review.
The Cost of Hiring a Lawyer for a Car Accident
There is no fee to hire a lawyer for your car accident case and claim. This is because most car accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. A contingency basis or contingency fee means the lawyers’ fees are contingent on the success of your claim.
The lawyer for your claim will pay all the expenses and costs up front for you, this can include obtaining medical bills and records, hiring experts and filing fees if a lawsuit is required.
If You were Hurt in the Car Accident
If you were hurt in a car accident, then you need a lawyer after a car accident. If you were hurt because of another person’s negligence in a car accident, you need a lawyer.
If You were at Fault
If you were at fault for the accident, then your insurance company will provide you a lawyer. If you are unsure if you need a lawyer after a car accident, call our office and we can determine if you need a lawyer. Call (410) 694-7291 for an immediate evaluation.
How Do I Hire A Lawyer After a Car Accident?
You want to hire or retain a personal injury lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident. Car accidents are traumatic and can leave you hurt or suffering with a permanent injury. A personal injury lawyer can be helpful ensuring your medical bills are paid, your car is fixed, your lost wages are returned and you are compensated for the pain and hassle of the accident and the after effects.
The best way to hire a lawyer after a car accident is to search online for lawyers in your area that handle personal injury cases. At the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, our lawyers handle personal injury and accident injury cases on a daily basis. We have fought for years making sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve in their injury accident cases.
Call the office today at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a FREE consultation.