Car accidents are stressful and confusing. You’re left wondering who will cover the damage to the car, who’s to blame, and how you’re going to cover your medical expenses. If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, hiring a vehicle accident attorney can help you negotiate your claim and get fair compensation.
Still, crash victims sometimes hesitate before hiring an experienced car accident lawyer. They’re afraid that they can’t afford good legal representation or think they could save money by handling their case themselves. Unfortunately, this approach probably won’t work out in their favor—unless their car accident claim is extremely simple, and their injuries are very minor.
Our team has been helping our injured neighbors recover hundreds of thousands of dollars after suffering car wrecks for years. Here are some of the most important reasons why it’s worth getting a car accident lawyer after an accident in Oklahoma City.
Most Oklahoma car accident lawyers, including those at The Wolf Pack™, work on a contingency basis. That means:
We don’t think access to a quality attorney should be decided by the size of your bank account. What matters is the strength of your case.
Timing is everything when it comes to investigating car accidents. You might have two years to file a lawsuit, but the evidence you need to prove your case won’t be around that long.
It’s not fair to ask someone who has just been in an accident, recovering from injuries, and is not trained in the law to take quick action on their legal case. Hiring a car accident attorney as soon as possible helps ensure that critical evidence is obtained and preserved.
It might seem obvious to you that the other driver caused your auto accident. But that’s not how they (or their insurance company) will see it. If you don’t have the evidence to back up your side of the story, the blame could be shifted to you.
You need evidence to support your claim.
A good car accident lawyer will get to work right away, collecting important information. This might include medical records, witness statements, and pictures of the crash scene. They also might take steps that you wouldn’t even think of, like demanding cell phone records, a vehicle’s data recorder, and camera footage, or hiring an accident reconstruction expert.
How much is your injury claim really worth? How much should you ask for, and what should you be willing to settle for? That depends on a lot of factors.
Fair compensation is more than money for your existing medical bills and wage losses. It should also cover your future medical costs, lost wages, and support services. And it should compensate you for losses that are harder to put a price tag on, like chronic pain, emotional trauma, and disfigurement.
When calculating a fair settlement, an experienced auto accident lawyer will know what medical evidence to present, which specialists to talk to, and what similar cases have settled for in the past.
The insurance company’s main goal is to save money, so their first offer to you will be for much less than you deserve. The insurance adjuster will also be looking for any inconsistencies in your story (even if they are unintentional) or any evidence that casts doubt on your story or the severity of your car accident injuries.
Adjusters trick innocent crash victims into giving recorded statements, then they use people’s words against them, questioning their credibility. When you hire an Oklahoma car accident lawyer, the adjuster must go through them. They will guide you through every interview and statement, so there’s less risk of mistakes and misstatements. And you’re putting your insurance claim in the hands of an experienced negotiator.
If you try to handle a car accident injury case on your own, you will have to do a lot of research. After all, most people don’t know Oklahoma’s tort laws, statutes of limitations, or rules of civil procedure! Your attorney can navigate all the factors and laws that apply to your case, including time limits, exceptions to various laws, and so much more.
And if your case goes to trial, an attorney can represent you in court and fiercely defend your rights. It’s best to let your attorney handle the details of your case while you focus on your recovery.
If you’re thinking about representing yourself in order to save money, the truth is that you may well end up recovering less in the long run.
Each car accident case is unique. Hiring a lawyer may not be necessary for very simple car accident claims. For example, you might not need a lawyer if the at-fault driver admits responsibility, and you only suffered property damage or very minor injuries that didn’t keep you out of work.
But if you have serious injuries, significant medical bills, and missed work, you’ll want a skilled legal team on your side. Lawyers often can recover more for clients with complicated cases because they know how to investigate crashes, calculate damages, negotiate aggressively, and won’t fall for a lowball settlement offer.
After the case has been won, your attorney might even help you negotiate your hospital bills and other crash-related debt, putting more money in your pocket. And, because personal injury lawyers work on contingency, the bigger the settlement they get for you, the more they earn.
The most important thing you can do after a car accident is focus on your recovery and your family. You shouldn’t have to worry about harassing phone calls from insurance adjusters or attending a routine court hearing.
Building a car accident injury case is complicated and time-consuming. Auto accident lawyers can handle tasks like gathering witness statements, medical records, employment records, and police reports. We can also turn all this information into a settlement demand for the insurance company, a lawsuit, or a trial presentation for a jury.
The Wolf Pack™ goes even farther. We will not only take care of your legal case, but we’ll always be sure to keep you in the loop and answer any questions you have about your personal injury case.
When you hire an attorney for your car accident injury case, they will be your advocate. They stand up to the insurance companies and other lawyers. They will also be your representation before a judge or jury, telling your side of the story and demanding fair compensation for your losses.
You shouldn’t have to go it alone. Leave your case in the capable hands of Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys and focus on getting better and planning your future.
If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault in Oklahoma City, The Wolf Pack™ at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys is here to help. Our experienced attorneys will demand fair compensation for your losses and help you move forward.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.