Getting a lawyer for a car crash can be a confusing subject if you’ve recently gotten into an accident. So today I want to bring clarity to the question I often get, “Do I need a lawyer for my car crash?”. To answer your question, in its simplest form, absolutely. The reason is – a lawyer is hired for car crashes or for most personal injury cases to prove two things. The first one is liability, and the second one is damages.
1. Proving Liability In New York State
Now, when proving liability, what are we really asking? We’re asking, whose fault was the accident? When involved in a car accident, one of the leading things that help determine liability, meaning whose fault was the accident, is the police report.
New York is a comparative negligence state, which means even if the accident is partially your fault, you could still have a claim against the other person. And once that claim is finished, we will minus off your portion of fault. So, as an example, let’s say your case is worth $100,000, and the accident was in a way where you had a stop sign and the other car had a stop sign, and nobody let each other go and they hit each other at the corners.
You could agree that maybe this accident is on its face 50/50 in terms of liability. It’s both parties’ fault halfway through. This means if you have a $100,000 case, and it’s 50%, your fault, we’re going to minus off $50,000. And so, you will be rewarded with $50,000. So, that is how liability is construed in New York State. And every State is different, and the laws need to be looked into and applied.
2. Proving Damages
Now, in terms of damages, we’re asking the question of how much your case is worth. So, the only way we can prove that a person has damages or some sort of injuries is through medical records. So, what we would do at one point, once you finish treating and completely finished treating – we would request the medical records from all the facilities that you’ve been to and submit a demand packet. That’s how we get the value of your case.
3. Property Damage Claims
Now on the other hand, if you weren’t hurt, which is absolutely possible, then technically, you don’t have a case for personal injuries. But you might still have a property damage claim that you’re having trouble resolving because insurance companies will still put up a fight trying not to pay you out. So, it is recommended to speak to an attorney so he can at least help you out with the property damage claim.
So there you have it – three reasons why you need a lawyer for your car crash…
- Proving Liability
- Proving Damages
- Propery Damage Claims
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident, then talking to an attorney might be the right option for you. Click here to get my free guide on how to quickly get compensated for any pain or suffering, or feel free to give us a no-cost, zero-obligation consultation call today.