A car accident can be a traumatizing experience for many people. Often, a wreck will leave one or more cars with serious damage, and may even result in devastating physical injuries that require immediate medical attention.
But even though a car accident can lead to a multitude of problems, some people believe they can handle these obstacles without the aid of a legal representative. Truthfully, although not all accidents require the help of an attorney, if you find yourself in the following situations, you may benefit by hiring a lawyer to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If the Other Driver Had Been Drinking
Accidents that occur as a result of drunk driving are not uncommon events. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the year 2012 alone, over 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving accidents in the United States. That’s about a third of total traffic fatalities.
Victims injured in drunk driving accidents or families whose loved one died because of a drunk driver can use the following results to establish liability:
- blood, tests;
- urine tests;
- breath tests; and
- the driver’s DUI citation.
An attorney can help accident victims or their families collect this evidence and present a case to insurance companies or a judge or jury.
If Serious Injury or Death Has Occurred
Car accidents don’t always result in serious injuries. Unfortunately though, many do, and in the worst case scenario, some even lead to the death of one or more parties. The NHTSA reports about 2.4 million people were injured and over 33,500 people died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2012.
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a traffic accident, speak with an attorney. Minor injuries that do not create significant damages are manageable for most people without a lawyer; but if damages exceed a few thousand dollars, seeking legal assistance may be in your best interest. A lawyer can account for not only current damages, but future ones as well.
If the Insurance Company Fails to Offer a Fair Settlement
In a perfect world, your insurance policy or that of an at-fault driver would cover all damages and injuries that result from a car accident. Unfortunately though, insurance providers often attempt to deny victims insurance benefits in order to reduce costs.
In this instance, an attorney can speak with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement. If necessary, your attorney can help you file a civil lawsuit if you cannot reach a fair agreement with the insurer.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today
Naturally, the smallest of fender benders that involve no complications don’t always warrant the use of an attorney. But if you have been involved in a car accident and find yourself in one of the previous situations, contact the attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates immediately.
We have offices in:
- Rhode Island;
We can examine the details of your case, and advise you of the proper course of action to help you recover compensation. Call us today at 800-LAW-1222 (529-1222).