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It depends on the severity of the accident and whether you have been injured. For minor“fender-bender“ accidents that do not involve injury, you can typically report the claim to the insurance companies and get it resolved without ever talking to an attorney. However, if you have been involved in a serious accident or one that involves injuries, it is critical that you talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
A good attorney will understand and advise you on all of your potential damages to make sure you get a full and fair recovery. Also, it is not always clear who was at fault in a car accident. The police report may be insufficient or the witnesses may differ on what actually happened. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the accident, speak with witnesses, and use his or her experience to gather evidence and make a determination of who was at fault. The attorney will also have knowledge of the motor vehicle laws and be able to determine whether any of these laws were violated.
Lastly, dealing with insurance companies can be complicated and difficult. You will need an attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies. Remember, the insurance company is in business to make money and the best way to save money is by making you an unfair offer. You should hire an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to negotiate a fair settlement so you can get the recovery you deserve.Jeff Murphy Law has practiced personal injury and wrongful death law for 28 years. He has dealt with almost every conceivable scenario and would be happy to answer your legal questions. Call today for a free consultation.