Car accidents come in all shapes and sizes. Rear end fender benders and side smashes are two of the most common types of car accident, with low speed bumps not far behind. If you are involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, at any speed, you may suffer injuries and your vehicle could be damaged. This could mean you are eligible for compensation. There are a lot of other steps to consider first though (find a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer for more info).
Today, we’re going to look at why you should hire a car accident lawyer instead of making any attempt to represent yourself.
Do you know the names and workplaces of every local medical practitioner with a detailed understanding of their skills and experience? If you needed a knee surgeon, for example, would you know which hospital or switchboard to call? What about if your hip is damaged, or your eyes need urgent care, or your spine is injured? Doctors are not a one size fits all cure for all ailments. There are many types of doctors, all of whom focus their skills in areas of medical care and hone their craft over many years.
To put it bluntly, if you are injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you could either receive adequate general treatment or tailored and highly accomplished treatment. By contacting a lawyer, your chances of receiving the latter are increased, because your lawyer will have experience in directing recovery plans. This is a serious consideration that anybody thinking of not hiring a lawyer should bear in mind.
Evaluating your claim
Have you any idea of the average payout received by non-fault drivers for car accident claims in the past 12 months? Do you know what some of the mitigating factors might be surrounding the claims that were paid out significantly less, or do you know why some claims were paid out at above average valuations? Unless you’ve done some serious research with a laptop and a spreadsheet, the answer is probably no.
Lawyers understand the ‘lay of the land’ when it comes to evaluating your claim. They know how to pursue the course of action that is likely to garner the highest return in terms of financial compensation. If you were to evaluate your own claim and attempt to represent yourself in court, your valuation could be off by a factor of two or three, or even five, or ten, meaning you will slow proceedings (if you manage to file the correct documentation on time to start proceedings at all), and potentially derail your claim.
Lawyers know what they’re doing. You don’t. Perhaps let them get on with it, and don’t risk losing your claim through your own incompetence.