Did you know? Every year 1.3 million people die from car accidents and approximately 25 million are injured. You may be driving safely, but it is others, who are distracted or drunk that are putting you and your loved ones at risk. If you have been involved in a car accident, the best thing to do is speak with a personal injury lawyer. Most car accident lawyer consultations are free and it is important to know what your options are and what you should do next.
How do you know when you need the help of an attorney after a car accident in St. Cloud, Winter Garden, Altamonte Springs, Waterford Lakes or Orlando?
Filing a claim:
You may need to file a claim with the at fault driver’s insurance. The insurance company may also want a recorded statement. This can be overwhelming if this is the first time you have had to handle this. You may also be injured and need to focus on healing. An experienced lawyer will have substantial experience dealing with insurance companies. Additionally, having an accident attorney handling the claim may help insurance companies take you more seriously and they may be more open to settlement is a lawsuit seems imminent.
If an insurance company offers you a sum to settle your claim, you should not agree to settle and should not sign any agreements without consulting a personal injury or car accident lawyer first. Insurance companies often offer money right away and this a well-known tactic to prevent substantial claims from being filed.
Organizing a comprehensive settlement demand can be overwhelming especially if you are injured. A car accident attorney is well versed in putting together a demand that clearly lays out your injuries and requested compensation. Personal injury attorneys have the skills to present your case in an efficient manner.
Medical bills and liens:
Understanding the complex interactions between your car and health insurances as well as your PIP insurance is frustrating. Many people do not understand that you must pay back your health insurance as well as any providers who weren’t fully compensated out of the settlement money you receive. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this and may even be able to get reductions on some of your medical bills. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are not on your side, they are there to protect their insured and their bottom line.
When trying to recover money for injuries, you’re up against the insurance company, not the at-fault driver. Many people can be taken advantage without the knowledge of a car accident attorney. Additionally, you may miss medical bills and liens if you don’t know what to look for. If you have been in a car accident, you can call a personal injury attorney at our office 407-512-4394, for a free consult in St. Cloud, Winter Garden, Altamonte Springs, Waterford Lakes or Orlando.