You do not need a lawyer for a minor car accident. While every person has the legal right to represent themselves in the United States, having an attorney represent you for a minor car accident can ensure that your legal rights remain protected. A car accident lawyer can fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Minor Car Accidents Can Result in Major Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over three million people suffer non-fatal injuries every year from car accidents. Even car accidents that may seem minor at the time of the collision can result in severe injuries later, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and spine injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Aortic dissection
- Nerve damage
If you did not visit a medical professional immediately after a minor car accident, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Many injuries do not fully present themselves until hours or days after what seems like a minor accident. Shock and adrenaline can overtake a person’s system and mask pain and other symptoms of a major injury.
Additionally, if you develop new symptoms later or ones you have now become more severe, you should revisit your doctor to have your injuries re-evaluated.
Determining if You Need a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident
In some cases, a car accident is so minor that no property damage occurs, and no motorists or passengers suffered any injuries. In these rare cases, they may not need representation by legal counsel.
However, most accidents result in significant car damage and severe injuries. A victim might benefit from having legal representation to ensure that their rights remain protected. If you suffered injuries or property damage because of even a minor accident, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did the police arrive at the scene of the accident?
- Did another person cause your current injuries or losses?
- Were your injuries considered severe enough that you required medical attention? Hospitalization?
- Did a doctor determine that you will need surgery, outpatient treatment, or ongoing therapy due to the accident?
- Did your vehicle suffer any damage because of the accident that will require either repair or replacement?
- Are you suffering from any pain or trauma, either emotional or physical, from the car accident?
- Did you have to take any time off from work to recover from your injuries? (Shockingly, the Center for Economic Policy and Research shows that one-fourth of U.S. employees have no sick or vacation leave provided to them.)
- Have you lost any money, time, resources, or physical or emotional ability because of your car accident?
- Have you felt frustrated attempting to negotiate with adversarial and manipulative insurance companies that have not offered you a fair and just settlement for your injuries or losses?
- Do you feel overwhelmed with any part of the aftermath of your accident that relates to injuries, losses, damages, or compensation?
Answering these questions may help you determine whether your minor accident requires a personal injury lawyer’s assistance.
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Insurance Company Negotiations
If you suffered any kind of personal injury or property damage, you likely will have to deal with the other driver’s insurance company, even if you initially determined the accident was minor. Insurance companies have agents and adjusters trained to manipulate victims and coerce them to say things that would allow them to offer a lower settlement amount.
Additionally, insurance companies might attempt to record phone conversations or request full medical records to find ways to justify lower settlements. Insurance company adjusters receive training to trick victims into saying innocent phrases that will later become the foundation upon which the insurance company refuses to pay full compensation for injuries and losses.
Ultimately, negotiating with insurance companies, visiting with medical professionals, suffering from physical or emotional pain, losing income staying home from work due to your injuries, and dealing with property damage to your vehicle can wear you down. Your car accident is likely substantial enough for you to want legal representation to ensure that your legal rights remain protected as you seek fair compensation for your damages.
Learn Why You Need a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident
Many car accidents that appear minor or insignificant at the time ultimately result in significant property damage and severe injuries. You might decide that you need a lawyer for your minor car accident. You can call the legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you understand your legal rights, even after what you believe is a minor car accident. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started fighting for the compensation you deserve.