Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
An at-fault driver can completely turn your life around. If you or a family member have been affected by a car accident, it’s absolutely critical to contact a qualified law firm as soon as possible.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the most common car accidents (in order) involve older drivers, younger drivers, speeding, commercial vehicles, alcohol, and motorcycles. There are more than a thousand vehicle-related fatalities every year in Missouri and tens of thousands of accidents that result in minor to severe injuries. It’s important to find an effective, well-reviewed injury firm if you or a family member have been in a car accident. These happen all of the time, and most of these accidents are entirely avoidable. Even a minor car accident can cause serious financial repercussions like physical rehabilitation, repairs, time off of work, and so on.
When You Need a Car Accident Lawyer
A ding from a shopping cart is one thing, but an actual injury is another. If, for example, you were rear-ended in a seemingly minor accident, you could easily get compensated for repairs and call it a day. However, you may find out a few weeks later you have whiplash or a related complication.
If you or a child or family member have been injured in a car crash, driven off the road, or were even hit as pedestrians, a lawyer can streamline the compensation process.
How To Get A Larger Settlement
One of the biggest mistakes car accident victims make is settling without knowing the full extent of their injuries. It is tempting to take whatever offer the insurance companies give you. You might have bills piling up, have been missing work, and are paying for alternative transportation. Insurers will toss you a check no question because, when they do, that’s that. It’s a win-win for the at-fault driver’s and your own insurance companies if you take an initial settlement.
The best way to get a larger (and fairer) settlement is to secure legal representation. Why?
- You’re probably not in the best position to negotiate/haggle with insurers. If you’ve suffered any major injuries, your focus should be to get well and manage finances as best as you can.
- A skilled car accident lawyer will help you gather useful evidence for fighting a claim. This may include witness testimonies, pictures, medical bills, x-rays, and other palpable evidence that proves you were injured by a negligent party.
- From a practical standpoint, an insurer offering what may seem like a reasonable settlement will hesitate when a lawyer becomes involved. They can no longer “buy you out” based on policy caps, and frequently reconsider with a higher counteroffer.
Sending a prompt and effective demand letter is equally important. An attorney can help you formulate your case and back it up with facts, figures, and other information that justifies your claim. Learn more about calculating personal injury damages here.
Our firm has experience negotiating with insurance companies. There are steps to take after an accident, reports and records to collect, and possible medical issues. Another component of getting the most compensation after a car accident is to seek medical treatment even if you don’t think you need to.
You may be eligable to receive special and general damages if you were involved in a car accident. The main ones include:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Income
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Life
- Emotional Distress
Proving these damages is essential for justifying a claim. A serious wreck, or even witnessing one, can cause psychological damage that can be compensated for.
Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
If you or a family member were injured in a car or truck accident, the Dixon Injury Firm offers free consultations and case reviews. As a victim, you are eligible for fair compensation and it’s our job to make the reimbursement process as smooth as possible. Feel free to contact our St. Louis-based car accident lawyers today for more information.