If you’ve been in a minor car accident, you’ve probably wondered whether or not it’s worth calling a lawyer over. Accidents can be scary and often have long-term effects, regardless of how big or small they are. Whether you get into a serious collision or a slight fender bender, you’ll definitely want access to a good lawyer. At Godsey Martin, PC, we’ll be sure to give your case the attention it deserves and help you pursue financial compensation for the damages. Here’s why you should call us the next time you get into a minor accident.
Why It’s Important To Get a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident
There are a few reasons why calling a lawyer is worth it if you get into a minor car accident. If you’ve been hit by a distracted driver who wasn’t paying attention to the road, you may be curious about how getting in touch with a lawyer can actually help. First of all, though, it’s always important to contact the police, even after getting into a minor car accident that causes property damage. In many states, it’s even considered illegal to drive away from the scene of the accident without reporting the damage immediately.
If you leave the scene of a car accident, it can also become much more difficult to get your facts straight and prove that the other party was at fault. Because of this, leaving the scene of the incident can destroy any possible claim you have against the other driver. Even if you have little to no physical damage to your car, it’s still important to report the accident and look for a lawyer. You may think you’re okay after you walk away from the accident, but you may not notice all of the effects of the accident until a few days later.
While there are a number of more serious injuries after a car accident, like spinal cord and back injuries, broken bones, or head trauma, it’s often the more minor injuries that can go completely unnoticed at first. Strained tendons and ligaments, an injured wrist or ankle, and even internal organ damage are all examples of what we call “hidden injuries.” Hidden injuries are injuries that may have gone unnoticed in the midst of the accident itself. When you go through a traumatic event, your brain often partially shuts down to protect you from your own emotions.
Besides the possible physical hidden injuries, minor car accidents can also cause emotional distress, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from the incident. Symptoms can include nightmares, flashbacks of the accident, and fear of driving. Besides the physical and emotional injuries, minor car accidents can sometimes lead to thousands of dollars in damage if you lack insurance or are underinsured. There’s also the chance that the other driver might hire their own lawyer and take you to court for damages that you may be unable to prove you didn’t commit if you left the scene.
A lawyer can help you receive compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional pain you experienced after the accident and can help make sure your voice is heard. Hiring a personal injury attorney to review your case can increase your chance of getting the compensation you deserve. This way, you won’t have to worry so much about paying for hospital bills from any injuries you’ve incurred and can lessen the financial burden of fixing the damage caused to your vehicle.
Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer for Any Accident
Accidents, especially car accidents, can have major repercussions on their victims, both in terms of the financial impact and in terms of the emotional distress they can inflict. The experience can be disorienting and terrifying, especially if you’re going through it for the very first time. Accidents can cause a lot of upheaval, which can make it difficult to make objective decisions. By hiring a lawyer, you can focus on getting better and healing instead of having to worry about filing a claim. Your lawyer can file personal injury claims on your behalf.
In addition, they’ll have the skills, experience and knowledge needed to help you to get your desired settlement so you can move on with your life and not always wonder what might have happened if you contacted someone early on. It’s also useful to hire a lawyer simply because it can be very common for an insurance company to bargain for lower compensation than what you truly deserve. Insurance companies often have a lot of power because they employ certain techniques to get you to accept their first offer. Lawyers are trained in negotiation tactics know how to handle this.
Hiring a lawyer can also help you get high quality medical treatment so that you can recover more quickly, especially if they’re familiar with medical malpractice and personal injury. As you work on recovering, your lawyer can help you build a case against the other party.
Having a lawyer can help you level the playing field against the other party, especially in a situation in which they decide to file another claim against you. Having a lawyer can help you prove you weren’t at fault and gather the evidence you need to win your case against them.
Even if the other party doesn’t take action, filing a claim can be a long, arduous process. You may not always be aware of the options available to you. A lawyer can help you make sense of the situation and the courses of action that are available to you, depending on the severity of your situation and the circumstances of the accident.
If you or a loved one have recently been in a minor car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At Godsey Martin, PC, we can help you receive money to pay for your medical or car expenses that you may have incurred from the auto accident. Our team of lawyers is dedicated to making sure you get the justice you deserve. Feel free to contact us today for your free consultation.