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Should you get a Lawyer for your Car Accident?

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 01/27/2018

Q: I was in a really bad accident where I was injured and the people in the other car were injured also. Should I get a lawyer for my car accident?

A: No. If you have car insurance you do not need to get a lawyer for your car accident. If you are the one that caused the car accident, the liability coverage in your car insurance policy provides you with an insurance company lawyer for your car accident. They will go to court for you if that is where it ends up.

However, if you and your insurance company are having issues on payments to you from them under different coverages that is when you may need to get a lawyer for your car accident. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s not unheard of.

More often it’s when the other person is at fault and their insurance company isn’t acting in good faith, that you will need a lawyer for your car accident. Claim’s adjusters are not the most generous people in the word and they are not paid to be so. If the other company is not making a fair payment for the damages to your vehicle, not giving you a fair amount for a totaled vehicle, or offers you a ridiculously low settlement for an injury accident, then it is definitely time for legal help.

However, always  try to work with the insurance company first before obtaining a lawyer for your car accident.

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Michele Wilmonen

Michele's first introduction to insurance was working for a major insurance company as a file clerk and a mailroom supervisor in a regional office. She learned insurance directly from underwriters and claims adjusters from questions and also watching them do their job. Since then, she's earned a number of insurance certifications from the Insurance Institute of America and also a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. She blogs at Car Insurance Guidebook.

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