Do I Need An Attorney After a Car Accident?

Attorney Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks | 888-981-0108 | Free Consult

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“After a car crash, I mean, think about it. A car is going 60-70 miles per hour and rams into the back of you, all that force goes right into your head.”

Do you need an attorney after a car accident? What if it’s just a fender bender? Is it safe to give a statement to an insurance company after an auto wreck?

Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks is a personal injury attorney in Prince George's County, Maryland, with offices in Lanham and Rockville. She assists clients in Prince George’s County, the District of Columbia, Montgomery, and surrounding counties.

In this interview, she explains when it’s necessary to call a lawyer after a car accident and how they can help your case.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-0108 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Key Takeaways From Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks:

An attorney may not be required to help with every car accident case. However, in any car accident where someone was injured, it’s a good idea to talk to a lawyer about your situation and potential expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and more. An experienced car accident attorney can help you combat these expenses as efficiently as possible to ensure you begin your physical and financial recovery as soon as possible.

Insurance companies may try to low-ball you with an initial settlement offer.

Unfortunately, the practice of offering policyholders woefully insufficient settlement offers is not uncommon. Insurance companies make their money by holding onto their policyholders’ monthly premiums and denying or reducing as many claims as possible in order to hold onto that money. Due to the complex nature of the policy language, a policyholder might not even realize they are entitled to more than what the insurance company initially offers. This is where it is particularly helpful to have an attorney on your side who understands not only car accident law, but insurance law as well.

An experienced car accident attorney may be able to protect you from the efforts of unscrupulous insurance adjusters by negotiating for you and coaching you regarding what kind of statements are safe to give and what to avoid. Additionally, some injuries may not be felt until days or weeks after the fact, and an insurance adjuster will only want to offer compensation for the initially reported injury, even if others have begun to show. This is why it is imperative to have an attorney on your side to make sure all of your injuries are covered in the insurance settlement, not just the first one felt after an accident.

Don’t speak to the insurance company on your own.

Everything you say to an insurance company could be later used against you, or twisted around to imply that you are not eligible for the benefits you should be receiving. The safest thing you can do after an accident is to contact an attorney and let them communicate with the insurance providers involved on your behalf.

If you have not yet hired an attorney, you may simply take down the contact information of the insurance companies that contact you and let them know that your attorney will be in touch. This is arguably the most effective way to protect yourself from being taken advantage of by an insurance company.

Contacting a personal injury attorney right away can safeguard against a variety of mistakes that could otherwise hurt your case down the road.

Attorneys know what to say and not say after an accident. They can guide you to know who it is safe to talk to, and who you should wait to discuss the matter with until an official verdict has been reached. Additionally, these attorneys know exactly what kind of evidence is likely to be available after a car accident and can begin collecting it on your behalf as they build your case for recovery. Contacting an attorney right away is the best thing a person can do to protect themself and their family from further financial damage.

To learn more, contact Gwen-Marie Davis Hicks directly by calling 888-981-0108 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.

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