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When to get an Attorney for a Car Accident

After a car accident, people often wonder, “Do I need an attorney?” It’s a fair question, because every accident is unique, and depending on who you ask, you’ll probably get a variety of responses. As personal injury attorneys with years of experience, we can provide some guidance on when to get an attorney for a car accident.

Ask the Following Questions

  • Was I, or my passenger injured?
  • Is another driver completely or partially at fault for causing the accident?
  • Have I had issues communicating with or understanding the actions of the at-fault insurance company?

If you answer yes to any of those questions, it’s worth your time to seek the opinion of an attorney. Statistics show that those who employ the services of a personal injury attorney following a car accident average 3 times more in final settlement compensation compared to those who try to treat their claims on their own.

Give the experienced attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates a call today at 1-800-404-9000 to set up a free consultation.

Negligence of Another Driver

Car accidents cause injuries and property damage. Both can be very costly. If the accident was caused by another drivers negligence, then it’s reasonable to have both your medical bills and car repairs covered by that driver’s insurance.

The problem arises when insurance companies are slow to or refuse to accept fault for an accident. Even after accepting the fault, they are looking to save as much money as possible which means minimizing your settlement amount. That’s where the help of an experienced personal injury attorney comes in. At Craig Swapp & Associates our attorneys understand how insurance companies work and know how to fight for fair and full compensation for our clients.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, your best option is to call a personal injury attorney.

Unknown, Shared or Disputed Fault

Car accidents happen fast and can be complicated. Often times, especially when there aren’t any witnesses or the police were never called to the scene of the accident, it may initially be unknown who is at fault for an accident. Other times, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may dispute that their client was at fault.

Sometimes it’s determined that both parties share the fault for the accident. In Utah, comparative negligence is applied when determining settlement amounts for accident claims. This means that even if you were partially to blame for what happened, you may still be able to collect a settlement as long as someone else was at more fault than you.

The difficulty is that insurance companies will take advantage of any questions of fault to try and make it more difficult for you to get fair compensation. An experienced attorney can help you understand who is truly at fault and then fight for your rights.

Compensable Items

The following are items an experienced personal injury attorney will fight to include in your final compensation from the at-fault insurance company:

  • All medical bills associated with the accident
  • The reparation or replacement of your vehicle
  • Lost wages due to time missed from work
  • Pain and suffering
  • A decrease in quality of life
  • And more depending on the specifics of your case

The at-fault insurance company is hoping that you don’t have the understanding or ability to fight for a settlement that includes the many facets of your life that were affected by the accident. They often set “pitfalls” to minimize or even eliminate the compensation you deserve. The skilled and experienced attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates understand how to navigate around those pitfalls, in order to maximize your final settlement.

An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

The bottom line is, if you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver, a personal injury attorney is your best choice for securing a fair and full settlement. If you’re unsure of whether your car accident case needs the help of an experienced attorney, give Craig Swapp & Associates a call at 1-800-404-9000 to set up a free consultation or tell us your story by filling out the online form at the bottom of this page.

 

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