When you’re in a car crash, it’s tempting to handle everything yourself. You may think that you’ll get back to normal as quickly as possible if you comply with the insurance company and follow their instructions. While that’s the ideal, it’s rarely the reality. The truth is that you probably shouldn’t negotiate a car crash by yourself.
A lot goes into a successful car accident claim. You need all the right evidence, a police report, a medical report, and verified information, among other things. Collecting all the right evidence is difficult and time-consuming on its own, but can be even worse when you’re recovering from a serious injury.
You also need to be extremely careful when speaking to the insurance company. Tenessee is a comparative negligence state, meaning that each driver in the crash is assigned a percentage of the fault. If you say something as simple as, “I didn’t see them coming” or “I tried to swerve away.” the insurance company might redistribute your fault, leaving you with a smaller settlement or even no settlement at all.
Hiring an attorney eliminates a lot of the risk involved in negotiating a car accident. An experienced car accident attorney knows what evidence to collect and how to present it to give clients the best possible chance of a fair settlement.
Studies have shown that 85% of successful car crash claimants are people represented by an attorney. Not only that, but the compensation they receive is typically triple that of the successful injured who represent their own case.
Most important is that injury attorneys work on a “contingency fee” basis. That means their services are free until they have secured their clients the justice they deserve.
If you suffered serious injuries in a car crash, you might have a case. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Clarksville personal injury lawyer from Pete Olson Injury Attorneys, please send us an email or call (931) 286-7773.