The average driver can expect to be involved in 3-4 car accidents in a lifetime. According to several sources, there are 6 million car accidents in the US each year. With statistics like that, chances are you will be facing the aftermath of an auto accident more than once during your driving career. Add the congested highways and millions of drivers in the Bay Area, and even as a cautious driver, you may find yourself needing a car accident attorney.
Most people assume insurance will take care of any accident they are involved in, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. In what situation do you need to contact a car accident attorney?
1. Have you been seriously injured?
If you sustain more than minor injuries during your accident and will miss work, have large medical bills, or have a very long recovery ahead of you, you probably need a lawyer to take on your case. Insurance companies usually resist large pay-outs for expensive injuries.
2. Is the fault going to be contested?
If there is any question on which driver was at fault, hiring a lawyer is a smart move. If there are large monetary or medical damages, and you cannot prove it was fault of the other driver, you are likely to lose your claim or go to court over it.
3. Special circumstances
If your accident was not vehicle to vehicle and involved a pedestrian, a bicycle, a motorcycle, a construction site, or anything besides car to car, it’s best to contact an attorney right away.
4. Refusal to pay
If an insurance company offers little or no settlement after an injury of any type, it’s time to get a lawyer involved so you can be treated fairly. Don’t let an insurance company take advantage of you.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in the Bay Area that can no longer be handled by an insurance claims adjuster, or you feel you are not being compensated a fair amount, please do not hesitate to call Mary Alexander & Associates at 415-966-2626, or contact us for a free case evaluation. We are trained personal injury attorneys and have an outstanding record of success. We will fight your case with excellence and integrity. Let Mary Alexander make this time easier for you.