Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Auto Accident Attorney
Learn the benefits of working with an experienced attorney after an accident
If you’ve been in a car accident as a result of someone else’s carelessness or distraction, you may want to consider hiring an auto accident attorney. Many times, people are hesitant to pursue legal action for their car accident claim because they are afraid it will be a big hassle or cost more than their claim is worth. If you don’t do your due diligence and talk to an attorney, you could be leaving a lot of money on the table – money that you are entitled to to cover the cost of your injury and any pain and suffering as a result of the accident.
An auto accident attorney can help you navigate the process of filing a claim. Their main objective is to be an advocate for you with the insurance companies to get you the most money for your case.
Here are the top five reasons to hire an auto accident attorney:
1. Attorneys are your advocate with insurance companies
Navigating insurance companies alone is tricky. Whether you are dealing with your insurance company or the insurance of the other driver, insurance defense attorneys’ main goal is to settle for as little money as possible. You can expect them to make a series of low ball offers, especially if you haven’t retained a lawyer or if you’ve hired one who’s inexperienced and unproven. An experienced attorney will be able to navigate the tactics of the insurance companies and settle for nothing less than the best offer based on the strength of your case.
2. You will get the most money for your claim
There are many things to consider when deciding the value of your claim. What are the severity of injuries? Are they short term injuries, long term, or permanent? How has the quality of your life been affected now and what are future impacts? An attorney will be able to help evaluate damages and ensure your claim goes after the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. And since most auto accident attorneys are contingency based, they will work especially hard to make sure your claim receives the maximum amount of compensation from the insurance companies.
3. They help you navigate the legal system and understand your rights
The legal system is complicated and varied for personal injury and auto accidents from state to state. Not to mention, going through a legal claim alone is overwhelming and daunting. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for personal injury is two years. If you fail to make a claim in that time period, you have no legal right to sue. There are some exceptions, which your attorney will be well versed in. As a licensed Nevada attorney, Matt Dion will guide the entire legal process so you can focus on getting better.
4. They can connect you to other resources to get your life back on track
Auto accident attorneys have a network of supporting professionals in other industries they can connect you to so you don’t have to hope for the best. For example, Matt refers to many of the top chiropractors in northern Nevada and other acute injury specialists so that clients can get proper medical attention for their injuries. There are also auto body shops they can refer you to if your vehicle is salvageable. Often times there is a mental toll on clients who have been through a traumatic car accident. In these cases, your attorney may recommend a mental health professional who can help you cope.
5. Your attorney only gets paid when you get paid
Hiring an auto accident attorney carries little risk to the client, with high reward. Most accident attorneys work on contingency fees, which means they take a percentage of the final award. This allows you to pursue legal action without paying large retainer fees up front. On average, contingency fees are around 33 percent of the final award, which means you keep the vast majority of the money, and pay nothing if your case does not win.