As noted by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, Oklahoma City saw 15,372 vehicle accidents in 2014. Of these, 55 involved fatalities while 433 cases resulted in incapacitating injuries. It is noteworthy that 2,871 cases involved possible injuries, which hints at situations that could not be determined at the time. Sobering as this data is, it also points to four reasons why hiring an auto accident lawyer is in your best interest.
- Liability questions. When multiple drivers are involved in a crash, it is difficult to determine who is at fault. Insurers may try to apportion liability equally, thereby reducing any compensation to which you may be entitled. Professionals can help you to interpret the available data and make your case.
- Medical bills. If you or a passenger riding in your vehicle was injured, the insurance company should pay your medical bills. They should also foot the bill for possible future treatments that the injuries may require. Negotiating with an insurer to get the compensation you need takes skill and expertise.
- Team of lawyers. What happens if you were involved in an auto accident with one or more parties, and the other drivers lawyer up? Do not be the only victim without someone helping you to protect your rights.
- Low-ball offers. If your insurance company contacts you with an offer right away, there is a very good chance that it is a lowball offer. The company wants to get the case closed and off the books as soon as possible. Once a settlement is reached, it is difficult to go back and ask for additional compensation. Having an auto accident lawyer who can look over the offer before you accept it is always a good idea.
Contact us today to learn more about protecting your legal rights in the aftermath of a car crash.