After a minor car accident, you may exchange information with the other driver, get yourself checked out by a doctor, move forward with getting your car fixed, and call it a day. This would be a mistake! You should always call the police and make sure the accident is documented. If you fail to do this, the other party may decide later to argue that it was not their fault, and with no police investigation to corroborate the truth, you could be at risk of getting sued for the other side’s damages! It is also important to hire a lawyer as quickly as possible to make sure your interests are protected.
Even if you were only in a minor accident, you should still plan on at least contacting a car accident lawyer. In some cases, injuries that seem minor at first can progress and become debilitating over time. You want to make sure that you don’t settle for too little and end up paying for these injuries yourself as you try and recover.
Another reason why you may want to contact a car accident lawyer is because the insurance company may offer you an unfair settlement amount. Even a minor accident is an inconvenience, and you should be fairly compensated. For example, you may have to go without your vehicle for several weeks, take time off work to deal with the accident, etc.
No matter what, you should plan on giving us a call at The Sexton Law Firm if you ever get into a car accident. We will help you determine how you should proceed and work with the insurance company on your behalf to come to a fair settlement. Reach out to our law firm today if you have any questions.