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Why You Need an Attorney for Your Car Accident Claim


If you have been injured in an auto accident, or have suffered property damage as a result of one, you may be wondering if you need an attorney to represent you.  The answer is, probably yes!  Why?  Consider some of these reasons to call on an experienced attorney to pursue your claim.

The Insurance Company Is Not Your Friend

Everyone wants to trust insurance companies and to think that insurance companies will stand by them and secure proper compensation for injury or damages.  However, insurance companies generally wants to pay out as little as possible.  Your claim may be worth much more than an insurance company states that it is.  A good attorney can assist you in ensuring that you don’t sign a settlement that is insufficient to cover your needs and in ensuring that you receive the level of compensation that you deserve.

A Serious Accident Requires a Serious Response

Maybe you were lucky, and your car accident was a simple fender-bender.  In that case, your claim may be particularly simple and easily handled.  But there are several elements that could complicate your car accident case.  Serious injuries, fatalities, and significant damage all call for an experienced attorney to handle your claim.  You would also want an attorney if there are allegations of reckless driving, speeding, or driving under the influence involved in the accident.

Fault May Not Be Clearly Established

Just like in a fender-bender, it may be clear who is at fault for the accident.  However, if things are not so clear-cut, you may need an attorney to establish that the other party was at fault and that they and their insurance company should compensate you for your injuries and property damage.  Further, if fault is not clearly established, you could be facing allegations that you were at fault.  South Carolina law allows your damages to be reduced if it’s found that you were at fault or partially at fault for the accident. 

Many Tasks Require Legal Experience

So you may still be thinking that your accident doesn’t require an attorney.  But have you considered the substantial list of tasks involved in litigating your claim that require legal knowledge?  A talented car accident attorney will be fluent in the transportation laws of South Carolina, will have experience in negotiating settlements with insurance companies, will be able to bring in experts to support your claims and document your injuries, and will know how to manipulate the legal system to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. 

Aggressive Representation in Court

Negotiations with insurance companies often break down after car accidents.  When that occurs, the case may go to trial.  You need an experienced professional at your side to represent you in court and to seek the compensation you deserve from a judge or jury.  An attorney will represent you aggressively to make sure your rights and interests are protected.

Ok, I Need an Attorney.  How Do I Find One?

It is easy to find an attorney willing to take on a car accident case.  However, you want someone with particular experience with car accident claims standing at your side.  You can contact a skilled Columbia car accident attorney today at The Stanley Law Group.  Call 803-799-4700 and set up a consultation today.




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