Maybe the best argument for why you should have an attorney working for you during an auto accident is because the other person likely has an attorney working for them, especially if there were injuries and the other party was at fault. Having lived through a horrific accident earlier for which I was a passenger and having had a couple of bang ups of my own accord in my day, I can say with some experience that there are several reasons why you should have an attorney working for you in the circumstance of an auto accident. Here are a few:
Experience: A courtroom is a different world when the judge and counsel speak in complicated terms. It is a different world for most law abiding citizens, so the experience of your attorney cannot be overstated.
Time: The longer your legal drama drags on, the more you just want it to be over with. Attorneys have a different disposition; they want justice and they want the justice to fall on their side. Attorneys want to be able to squeeze as much money from the person who’s being sued as possible. The same is true if you’re defending yourself. You may think that an attorney is just an added expense that you don’t need to burden yourself with, but a good attorney can help deflect what could otherwise be a very costly exercise. They may be checking the clocks on their cell phones quite often but you will never hear any personal injury attorney worth their salt complain about being in court too long — at least not to the judge!
Paid: A good attorney will be able to tell if you have any kind of a chance of winning and they will work for free on the condition that they will only be paid when you have been paid. This is a good deal, especially for folks who can’t afford the best attorney for their case. A good attorney will see the light at the end of the tunnel and work for their right to be paid on the other side.
Backup: You need to be backed up. Court is a draining experience; you may find that you just want to scream after a day spent in court, hearing things slammed toward you by the defense that stretch from honest fibs to just plain not true. Any good personal injury attorney will have your best interests in mind. They will speak up on your behalf when it’s called for and will hold you back from saying or doing things you should not do or say.
Being involved in a car accident is rough. Coming out on the other side with a fair settlement for the pain and anguish you have just been through requires patience, understanding of the law, and appreciation for the dynamics of the courtroom which most of us who are not skilled in these matters simply don’t understand. These are just some of the reasons to only enter the courtroom with a personal injury attorney that’s as fully vested in your success as you are.