There Are Many Benefits of Attorney Representation
While there is definitely no upside to suffering injuries in a car accident, there are absolutely no downsides to hiring a car accident lawyer after your crash. In fact, failing to retain an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible can be a catastrophic mistake. Not only could you make errors that will kneecap your ability to obtain any compensation for your injuries, but trying to handle matters by yourself is likely to cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
Perhaps the best benefit of hiring a car accident lawyer is that it will not cost you a penny out of pocket to do so. Almost all personal injury attorneys, including our practice, work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you pay no attorneys’ fees until and unless we recover compensation for you.
Hiring an auto accident attorney does not necessarily mean that you will have a trial or even that you will file a lawsuit. What it does mean is that you will have someone on your side whose sole mission is to maximize the compensation you obtain for your losses. You will have someone who understands the time limits and rules that apply to car accident lawsuits. And you will have a committed and experienced ally who won’t be bullied or fooled by car insurance companies who want to give you as little money as possible – or nothing at all.
Here are the three top benefits of hiring a car accident lawyer:
You Won’t Miss Strict Deadlines for Filing Your Car Accident Lawsuit
You snooze, you lose. When it comes to filing a car accident lawsuit, you stand to lose everything if you miss the statute of limitations, which is a law that sets forth the time within which you must file a lawsuit for your injuries and losses. When you should hire is extremely important. If you file a lawsuit after the applicable statute of limitations has passed, the court will throw it out and you will no longer have any right to seek compensation, no matter how bad your injuries or how much the other driver was at fault.
Different types of claims have different limitations periods. In Illinois, most lawsuits seeking to recover compensation for personal injuries, including those from a car accident, must be filed within two years of the date of the accident that caused the injuries. However, certain types of accidents, such as those involving government vehicles like school buses, garbage trucks, or postal carriers, have even shorter time limits and other tricky filing requirements.
Getting the date right on when you should sue after a car accident is important. Your lawyer will not let these filing deadlines pass without taking the necessary actions, usually well in advance of the expiration of the statute of limitations. That will provide you with peace of mind and ensure that your ability to obtain compensation is preserved.
Your Lawyer Won’t Let Insurance Companies Take Advantage of You
Car insurance companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on ads to try and convince you that they are on “your side,” that they are your “good neighbors,” and that you are “in good hands” with them. But if you’ve been hurt in an auto accident and have to deal with the other driver’s insurance company, they are none of these things. Like other large corporations, insurers are in the business of making money. Every dime they pay to an injury victim is a dime out of their profits. They will want to resolve your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible and will take advantage of unrepresented claimants in order to do so.
Too many car accident victims place too much faith in the insurance company’s good faith and try to negotiate their claim by themselves, without the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is almost always a costly mistake.
Insurance companies know that injury victims need money quickly. They also know that injury victims may not have a full understanding of their rights. And they will take advantage of these vulnerabilities to significantly shortchange claimants and get them to agree to a settlement which may be thousands of dollars less than they deserve.
But when an insurer knows that a savvy, experienced, and aggressive personal injury attorney is on the other end of the phone and will be on the other side of a courtroom, their ploys become far less effective, if not useless.
That is because good car accident attorneys know how to negotiate – it’s what they do for a living. They know how insurers work and the tactics they use to try to avoid their responsibilities.
Quite simply, statistics show that individuals who hire a car accident attorney to pursue their claims and negotiate with insurance companies receive significantly more in compensation on average than do people who negotiate without a lawyer:
- Car accident settlements for injury victims who had an attorney were 40 percent higher than the settlements negotiated by the victims themselves, according to the Insurance Research Council (IRC).
- The IRC found in a separate study that 85% of all settlement money paid out by auto insurance companies for claims is paid to people represented by an attorney.
Your Attorney Will Level The Playing Field
Not only will your car accident lawyer ensure that the other driver’s insurer doesn’t take advantage of you during settlement negotiations, but they will also have the skills, experience, and determination to put forward the strongest and most persuasive case. And the sooner they start doing so, the better.
That is critical because, within minutes after an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will have its own lawyers investigating your crash, gathering evidence, contacting witnesses, and doing whatever they can to shield their insured from blame for your injuries and losses. By hiring an experienced car accident lawyer promptly after your accident, you can deprive the other side of this important head start and increase your chances of a positive outcome.
If You’re Looking To Get A Car Accident Lawyer, Call Kirk Moyer Today
Lake County car accident attorney Kirk Moyer has earned a reputation for service and success representing and recovering substantial damages for injury victims in Gurnee, Libertyville, and throughout Lake County, IL. Please contact Kirk today to arrange for your FREE initial consultation.