If another motorist caused you to suffer injuries in a car accident, it could cost you thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages. You may be tempted to save on attorney fees by trying to negotiate your own settlement with the driver’s insurance company.
However, this would be a terrible strategy if you want to receive all that you deserve in your settlement. Here are five reasons why hiring an experienced car accident attorney who has a track record of settling and trying these cases is essential.
Reason #1: Understanding of the Law
A lawyer will understand the laws in Virginia that you must follow when pursuing your right to compensation for your injuries. This includes knowing what you need to prove to establish the other driver’s negligence, the types of damages that you are entitled to, and the statute of limitations you have to file your lawsuit.
Reason #2: Collecting the Evidence You Need
Your attorney will conduct an exhaustive investigation into the cause of your auto crash and will collect the evidence you need to prove the other driver was to blame. In addition, he can help you hire an accident reconstruction expert or other expert witness if this is necessary to resolve disputes with the insurance company.
Reason #3: Valuing Your Claim
In Virginia, you are entitled to be compensated for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. It can be complicated to put a monetary value on your future expenses or your pain and suffering, especially if you suffered a serious injury. A car accident lawyer can accurately determine the value of your claim so that you obtain what you deserve from the insurance company.
Reason #4: Negotiating Your Settlement
You could be taken advantage of by the insurance company if you try to settle your claim on your own. An experienced attorney will understand the unfair tactics the insurance company may use to try to deny your claim or pay you less money.
Reason #5: Filing Your Lawsuit
If you are unable to negotiate a fair settlement, you will have to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent driver. You need a lawyer licensed in Virginia to file your lawsuit and take the necessary steps in litigation so that you win your case at a jury trial.
Do you or a family member need help filing a claim for compensation after a car accident in Norfolk? Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team to learn how we will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve from the negligent driver.