Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer For a Minor Accident?
Were you involved in a car accident that left you with minor injuries or vehicle damages? You might be wondering if you need a lawyer’s help to seek compensation for your costs. While minor car accidents are less likely to require legal assistance, it’s best to consider all facts before trying to go it alone.
Even seemingly minor crashes can be difficult to manage alone. If you’re feeling unsure or have questions, our Dallas car accident lawyers are happy to provide you with a FREE, no-strings-attached consultation. Call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online to get started today.
When You Might Need a Car Accident Lawyer After a Minor Accident
In Texas, the at-fault driver in an accident is legally responsible for the damages of that accident. This means, if you did not cause your accident, you will need to file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If your car accident left you without injuries and you only had minor vehicle damage, you might be able to handle the insurance claim on your own. You’ll have to handle the insurance adjuster and the settlement process alone, which is safer if your costs are lower.
Even when an accident is minor, however, there are reasons to consider working with a car accident lawyer. These reasons are important to understand before proceeding with your case.
Your Insurance Claim Was Denied
If the insurance company accepts your claim right away and sends you a reasonable settlement offer based on your damages, you might not need help from a lawyer. But if the insurer denies your claim or offers you a lowball settlement, it’s a good idea to at least consult with an experienced lawyer.
It’s very difficult to handle a denied insurance claim on your own. A lawyer can help you:
- Determine exactly why the claim was denied
- Gather additional evidence to show the other driver’s fault
- Appeal the claim denial
- Negotiate for a settlement that is actually fair
The goal is to get you full compensation for your damages so you are not left paying for any costs the other driver caused. If you are having trouble getting said compensation, contact a car accident lawyer.
Your Injuries Worsen or the Insurance Company Doubts Them
If you were lucky enough to step away from your accident injury-free, you can probably handle your claim alone. However, many accident victims don’t realize the full extent of their injuries until later. For example, whiplash is a neck injury that doesn’t always show up right away.
After any car accident, you should always have a doctor evaluate you for injuries — even if you feel okay at the time. Also, avoid telling anyone (especially the insurance company) that you were not injured until you are absolutely sure that’s the case.
If you notice injuries later or your minor injuries worsen, it’s a good idea to contact a car accident lawyer right away. A lawyer can help you negotiate with the insurance company and ensure you are gathering the right information to demonstrate your injuries.
The Responsible Driver Is Not Clear
Sometimes, the at-fault driver is not easily apparent. Or, the other driver or their insurance company might deny liability and try to blame you. This can complicate things very quickly.
Keep in mind that you can still recover damages as long as you are 50% or less at fault for the accident, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 33.001. A car accident lawyer can look at the facts and protect your rights so that you don’t end up paying for any part of the accident you did not cause.
You Are Concerned About Handling the Insurance Company Alone
No matter the details of your accident, if you are feeling unsure about filing your claim alone, reach out to a trusted and experienced attorney. At the very least, you can discuss the details of the accident with a legal professional and know your options.
It’s completely okay to need legal help after a car accident. In fact, having that legal help increases your chances of a higher recovery, especially if you had accident injuries. Insurance companies have their own teams of adjusters and legal professionals ready to fight claims, so having an attorney helps level the playing field.
A car accident lawyer can also keep you on track and make sure you file within the two-year statute of limitations (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 16.003). To schedule a FREE consultation and learn more, call our Dallas car accident law firm at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.
Finding a Lawyer After a Minor Car Accident
If you need assistance with your case after a minor car accident, it’s best to look for a lawyer as soon as you can. The earlier your attorney can examine your case, the sooner they can start helping you. Plus, most car accident lawyers (like those at our firm) work on contingency, which means they don’t collect a fee unless they win you a settlement.
Not all car accident lawyers are the same, so it’s important to look for someone who:
- Has sufficient experience helping accident victims win
- Is willing to put in the time and effort on your case
- You feel comfortable speaking to and working with
- Is willing to offer you a free consultation and answer all of your questions
Beware of “settlement mills,” which are law firms that spend a lot on advertising but are mostly focused on settling claims as quickly as possible. This leaves many accident victims with money on the table. In other words, these firms’ lawyers are not working with each client’s best interests in mind.
Work with a lawyer who cares about what’s best for you and is willing to dedicate their time and resources to the fullest possible recovery for you.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer Today
Our Dallas car accident lawyers have years of experience helping car accident victims win what they deserve. We approach each of our client’s cases with compassion, empathy, and thorough, hands-on experience in Texas personal injury law. We always start with a FREE consultation, and there is no fee unless we win you money.
To get started with your FREE consultation today, call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online. We’ll discuss the details of your accident and how we can help if you choose to work with us.