After being a victim of an auto accident, many people are unsure whether they should hire a lawyer. First there are two important questions to consider, and if you answer, “Yes” to either of them, you should consult with an attorney before taking further actions.
Although these are the most common things to consider after an auto accident and they will help guide you down the right path, they are certainty not the only factors to think about. The facts and circumstances surrounding every case are unique, so when in doubt it never hurts to call a firm that provides a free consultation. A meeting will at the very least give you peace of mind and the firm can help you explore your options.
Two Important Questions
“Is the other driver contesting the fault?”
If they are not taking responsibility for the damage or injuries they caused, do not risk trying to legally prove they were at fault without the help of a qualified attorney who knows the particular details of South Carolina automotive accident law. This step is critical to help you take the proper steps to recover from your accident. If the other person admits to causing the accident, then consider the extent of your injuries.
“Am I seriously injured?”
A serious injury might include broken bones, neck injuries or hospitalization. Determining whether an injury is serious or not can be subjective, so if you are unsure, it is wise to contact a qualified attorney such as Luke Rankin, of Rankin and Rankin Law Firm. While each auto accident deserves its own independent evaluation, simple fender benders can likely be handled without an attorney, while more intensive accidents deserve more thought.
Three Common Pitfalls to Avoid
If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions then you should be aware of avoiding three common pitfalls that can be detrimental to your case and settlement. Before speaking with a licensed attorney try to avoid:
- Giving a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster
- Requesting a fixed amount from an insurer when you don’t truly recognize the value of your case
- Taking an insurance company’s “final offer” without knowing the full extent of your injuries
While there are extensive reasons why these actions are considered big mistakes, the short version is that insurance companies look for reasons not to pay, or to pay the very minimum and making hasty decisions can hurt your chances of fair compensation.
Contact Us Today
The bottom line is that it is very important to know what to do after an auto accident in order to ensure that the steps taken will help you move through the process as smoothly as possible. Our qualified team at Rankin & Rankin can help you learn more about your options. Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling 843-248-2405 or by filling out the form below.
Rankin and Rankin Law firm is located in Conway, South Carolina and serves the entire Lowcountry area including Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Charleston, Hilton Head, SC.