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Do I Call a Defense Attorney After a Car Wreck?


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Meason & Morris Law discusses calling a defense attorney after a car wreck.

The aftermath of a car wreck can be overwhelming. Between the shock, injuries, and dealing with insurance companies, it's natural to wonder if you need an attorney if you have insurance.


While having insurance is crucial, it doesn't automatically guarantee a smooth or fair outcome. This blog post from Meason & Morris Law aims to answer your question: Do I need to call a lawyer after a car wreck, even if I have insurance?


Understanding Your Insurance Policy:

First, let's be clear: your insurance company represents their own interests, not yours. Their goal is to minimize payouts, even if it means offering you less than you deserve. While they may handle basic aspects of your claim, they might not fight for your full compensation, especially if:

  • The accident was complex or there's a dispute over fault.

  • You suffered serious injuries with significant medical bills.

  • The other driver is uninsured or underinsured.

  • You're facing emotional distress or lost wages due to the accident.


When a Lawyer Can Help:

Here are some situations where consulting a lawyer after a car wreck, even with insurance, can be highly beneficial:


1. The Accident's Complexity:

Car accidents can get intricate, especially with multiple vehicles involved, unclear fault lines, or disputed witness accounts. An experienced lawyer can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case to maximize your compensation. They can also handle complex legal issues like shared fault or comparative negligence.


2. Serious Injuries and Extensive Costs:

If you sustained severe injuries requiring ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, or lost wages, an attorney can ensure you receive fair compensation for both past and future expenses. They can calculate the full scope of your damages and fight for what you deserve, including pain and suffering.


3. Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers:

Hit by a driver with no or insufficient insurance? This can leave you in financial trouble. A lawyer can navigate complex insurance laws, explore alternative compensation options, and pursue the at-fault party's personal assets if necessary.


4. Dealing with Insurance Adjusters:

Insurance adjusters are trained to negotiate settlements in their company's favor. An attorney can handle all communication with them, protecting you from saying anything that could harm your claim. They can also negotiate a fair settlement offer on your behalf, ensuring you receive the compensation you're entitled to.


5. Emotional Distress and Lost Wages:

Accidents can have a significant emotional impact, causing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Lawyers can help you access mental health professionals and include these costs in your claim. Additionally, they can fight for compensation for lost wages due to missed work or reduced earning capacity.


6. Peace of Mind and Knowledge:

Navigating the legal aftermath of a car wreck can be stressful. An attorney can handle the legal complexities, allowing you to focus on your recovery. They can answer your questions, explain your options, and guide you through the process, providing much-needed peace of mind.


Remember: Consulting a lawyer doesn't necessarily mean filing a lawsuit. Often, their presence alone can encourage insurance companies to offer a fairer settlement. Additionally, many lawyers offer free consultations, so you can discuss your case and get valuable legal advice without upfront costs.


Meason & Morris Law is Here to Help:

At Meason & Morris Law, we understand the challenges you face after a car accident. We offer compassionate and experienced legal representation to fight for your rights and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our law firm today for a consultation and let us help you navigate this challenging time.


Additional Tips:

  • Don't wait too long to seek legal advice. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better they can investigate the accident and gather evidence.

  • Be honest and transparent with your lawyer. Provide them with all relevant information about the accident, your injuries, and any communication you've had with the insurance company.

  • Ask questions and stay informed. Don't hesitate to ask your lawyer questions about the legal process and your options.

  • Remember, you have rights. Don't let the insurance company pressure you into accepting a low settlement. An attorney can help you protect your rights and fight for what you deserve.


Learn more about Meason & Morris Law by clicking here.

 

Meason & Morris Law is a legal firm led by seasoned attorneys Marty Meason and Chris Morris. We provide a professional experience for all our clients, helping them navigate their legal rights. We focus on Criminal Justice Law (felonies and misdemeanors), Divorce and Family Law, Expungement and Felony Law, Probate Law and also have Trial experience. We are currently accepting cases in Washington, Nowata, Osage and Rogers counties.


Meason & Morris Law

515 Delaware Ave

Bartlesville, OK 74003

918-336-6300

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