Car crashes can be very traumatic, and in some cases, life-changing. Not only can the initial car accident be very traumatic, but so too can the legal proceedings that precede it be. If you have never been to court before, or never had a car accident, then it is very likely that you will have absolutely no idea how to represent yourself, so in our opinion, you will need a lawyer. The only instance in which you might not need legal representation is if you yourself are a trained and experienced attorney.
In this article, we will present to you some of the main reasons why hiring a lawyer is absolutely crucial when you have been involved in a car accident. We hope that, with this article, you will be able to confront your car accident lawsuit with the help of a lawyer, and that you will win. Hiring a lawyer is something you may never have done before, but it is very easy, and very straightforward. If you are on a low income, you can even hire a lawyer on a no-win-no-fee basis.
Here are a few reasons why hiring a lawyer is an absolute must when involved in a car crash.
The Stress of a Car Accident
The stress of a car accident can, many times, be absolutely overwhelming. If you have never experienced a car accident before, or if your car accident was particularly nasty, there is a very strong chance that in its wake you may develop some kind of stress disorder, such as PTSD (‘post-traumatic stress disorder). If you do, you will need time to recover, and cannot possibly confront a legal case as well as dealing with your own recovery. The stress of a car accident can often be too much to bear – don’t try to then go at a legal case alone.
The Cost of a Lawsuit
Going at a lawsuit alone can cost money, whereas if you hire a lawyer, you can actually have it all done for free. As we alluded to in this article’s introduction, you can actually get represented by a car accident attorney on a no-win-no-fee basis, which just essentially means that, unless you win, you will not have to pay. If you do win, you will have to pay a percentage out of your compensation settlement, which is often in the region of between 20 to 40 per cent.
However, if you do have finances, you may want to opt for a private legal attorney. Private attorneys can cost an absolute fortune, but what you lose in money, you make up for in experience. When you do hire a private attorney, you can typically expect to pay less in the way of percentages to them afterwards, and in some cases, will not have to pay anything at all. Lawsuits can be very expensive, so do give this point some serious thought if you can.
Mental and Physical Support
In the aftermath of a car accident, it is not unfair to say that you may need support, whether physically or mentally. In most cases, car accidents do (as we mentioned in our first point) give way to stress disorders. With a stress disorder, it is important that you seek mental support so that you can recover and not have to worry about dealing with the consequences that a stress disorder can have upon your life – disorders such as these can be absolutely devastating and can leave you a shell of your former self. Combine one of these with the stress of court proceedings and it sounds like a recipe for disaster.
You may also need physical support and healing. If you do, you cannot possibly expect yourself to be able to tackle a court case. You will be, it is fair to say, very weak if you have been injured in a car accident, and thus, must rest. Rest will be impossible if you have to go through all of the loops and jump over all of the hurdles required of you in a court case. Take some time off, relax, and let your legal advisor do all of the work for you.
Professionalism and Experience
Maybe you do, perhaps, think you are competent and capable of managing your own case in court, and running the lawsuit for yourself. This may well be true, but do you have the experience and professionalism required to represent yourself in court? Theoretical knowledge is all good and well, but have you taken your practical test yet? If the answer is no, then perhaps you should avoid self-representation and instead rely upon a trained and professional attorney who has a length of experience dealing with cases such as your own.
Many people make the mistake of self-representation and more often than not it backfires. While in some cases, it does work and they are able to represent themselves and achieve their desired outcome, in most it does not. It can seem very good, in theory, representing yourself, but when you are sat in a courtroom looking into the eyes of the jury, will you be able to conduct yourself in the way that you have planned – will you remember to speak clearly – will you remember the lines you have written for yourself? Trust us, have an attorney handle your case for you.
When you are hiring a lawyer, you are also hiring a private investigator. In most car accident cases, a lawyer will have their own personal private investigator compile evidence and strengthen your case. With that said, this is most often done when the case is going to yield a lot of compensation – they may not do this for smaller cases. Even so, it is worth hiring an attorney for their investigations alone. An attorney can dig up and find information that can benefit your case tremendously. A private investigation is, without a doubt, one of the main benefits of hiring an attorney, so give it some thought.
Car accident lawsuits can be very difficult to manage and deal with, not to mention incredibly stressful. For your own sake, hire an attorney. Thank you for joining us on this page today and taking the time to read this article.