Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Minor Collision?June 8, 2021
People involved in minor car accidents often wonder if they should consult a lawyer. In most cases, it is wise to consult a lawyer after a minor collision. Many car accident lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. They will look at all the facts in the case and determine whether their services could be beneficial. A lawyer could also save them from future costs.
There are several possible ways an accident victim could end up paying out of pocket for an accident that was not their fault, such as accepting a lowball offer from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not looking out for a victim’s best interests. Having a lawyer negotiate a fair and just offer is a good solution.
Insurance Companies Often Pressure Victims to Settle
In addition to lowball offers, an insurance may try to coerce and pressure the victim into settling quickly. They may also try to stretch out the settlement process for an extended period so that the statute of limitations kicks in. The victim then does not have time to hire a car accident lawyer. Having one on board from the beginning is beneficial.
Future Medical Problems
Right after an accident, some people feel fine and do not go to the doctor; however, that is never a good idea. Going to the doctor after any accident is crucial.
Additionally, visiting the doctor when a medical condition crops up or worsens days, weeks, or months after the accident is a must. Soft tissue injuries, especially, may not show up right away and can worsen quickly when not properly treated.
No Police Report
Even when the accident is minor and the parties have exchanged information, if there is no official documentation of the crash, the at-fault driver could accuse the victim of causing the accident. It then becomes word against word. A lawyer can protect the rights of their client.
What Should I Do After a Minor Car Accident?
The following steps are important to take after a minor collision:
- Always stay at the scene of the accident. Move the cars involved only if they are blocking traffic or causing a safety concern.
- Contact the police. Always be sure to get an official police report on record.
- Exchange information with others involved. This includes names and contact and insurance information.
- Accept medical treatment on scene and later. Sometimes, an injury shows up later, especially if the body goes into shock after the accident. Always accept and seek medical help.
- Take pictures and videos, get witness statements. Even in a minor accident, images and comments from witness bystanders can tell the real story and are invaluable in negotiations.
- Do not admit fault. Do not apologize to the others involved. Keep discussions to a minimum, and stick to the facts.
- Review the police report. Victims of minor collisions have every right to request a copy of the police report. Review it for accuracy.
- Contact a car accident lawyer. Any number of scenarios could arise, even if the collision was minor. A car accident lawyer knows what to look for and will protect the victim’s best interests and legal rights.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Fight for Victims’ Rights After Minor Collisions
Car accidents, even minor collisions, can end up costing victims money. Let the skilled and knowledgeable Delaware County car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello advocate for you. Call us at 610-892-4940 or contact us online for a free consultation. From our office in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.