Car accidents occur every day in California. Even when a crash is caused by another person’s negligence, though, it may not require the help of a car accident lawyer. Although most car accident claims can greatly benefit from the help of an attorney, seeking legal counsel is not always necessary. How do you know if you need the help of a lawyer? If your car accident involves any of the factors below, the chances are good that your claim can greatly benefit from the advice of a San Francisco car accident lawyer.
The Accident Involved Serious Injuries or Death
If you only sustained minor bruises and scrapes in the accident, there is a good chance that you do not need a lawyer. When the injuries are more serious, however, or worse, result in wrongful death, you must seek the help of an attorney who knows the law and can advise on your claim.
The Insurance Company is Disputing Your Claim
You may think that because you are seeking compensation from an insurance company, the claims process will be fairly easy. Unfortunately, it is not. Insurance companies are notorious for the tricks they use to reduce and deny claims. They may state that you were partially at fault for the crash, or that your injuries were due to a pre-existing condition. When an insurer attempts any of these tactics or otherwise tries to dispute your claim, you need a lawyer who can hold them accountable for paying the compensation you need.
The Insurance Company has Offered a Low Settlement
The insurance company may not dispute your claim outright, but they may attempt to offer you a settlement that will not fully cover the cost of your injuries. They do this hoping that you will be happy to hear any offer, and accept it. If you do not think that the insurance company is being fair with their offer, or that it will not cover the full costs of your injuries, you need to speak to a lawyer who can effectively negotiate with them.
You do Not Understand the Claims Process
Most people will only have to go through the claims process once. Many people will never get into an accident and will never go through it. Due to this, the majority of people are unaware of how the claims process works. That is understandable. Car accident lawyers however, deal with at least some part of the claims process every day. They know the intricacies involved, and how to navigate the system to give you the best chance of success with your claim. If you are unsure of any part of the process, you need a lawyer who can help you through it.
Get Help from the Experienced California Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a crash and are suffering from serious injuries, or are having trouble dealing with the insurance company, you need the help of our San Francisco car accident lawyers. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we know the claims process, how to negotiate with the insurance companies, and hold them accountable for paying the fair compensation you deserve. If you are hurt, call us today at (800) 427-7020 to schedule a free case evaluation so we can get started on your case.