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Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?



If you have been involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering if you need to hire a personal injury attorney. Although you are not required to hire a personal injury attorney, you have a stronger likelihood of getting the compensation you deserve if you hire an experienced auto accident attorney.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident?

Handling a car accident claim on your own can be overwhelming as you try to balance your own physical and emotional healing with other critical matters that need to be addressed, such as:

  • The damage to your vehicle and other property,
  • Potential disputes with the at-fault driver,
  • Dealing with insurance companies; and,
  • Understanding Connecticut Law.

Sometimes the at-fault driver in a car accident case does not have any insurance or does not have enough insurance to fairly compensate you. In that event, you may need to make a claim for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits. Therefore, it is important to hire a car accident attorney with extensive experience in handling these types of claims.

In the event that the at-fault driver does not report the accident or presents a different view of how the accident occurred, an experienced personal injury attorney will help protect your interests.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help After an Accident Caused by No Fault of My Own?

Understand What Damages Can Be Recovered After a Car Accident

Even if you walk away from a car accident without a serious injury or property damage, it may still be in your best interest to consult a lawyer, despite the fact that it may be clear you are not at fault. A personal injury attorney can help you understand the various types of damages you can file and receive compensation for, including: 

  • Future Medical Costs 
  • Property Damage
  • Lost Wages
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Reduced Quality of Life
  • Pain and Suffering  

Prove You Are Not At Fault

Although you may not be at fault for the accident, the other driver might tell a different story, which will result in an ongoing investigation from the insurance company. If the damages are extensive and an insurance company is unwilling to settle the case, you may need to go to trial.

Negotiate with the Insurance Company

Tackling a compensation claim without legal representation will likely result in a much lower settlement amount than you deserve. You may encounter an insurance company that acts in bad faith or seeks to take advantage of your relative inexperience. They may intentionally try to delay your case or lowball your settlement. Hiring a personal injury attorney will help to make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the just compensation you deserve.

Navigate Fault Rules in Your State

Almost every car accident case is built on the theory of negligence. 

In the state of Connecticut, your financial compensation will be reduced by whether a jury finds you are partially at fault for a collision. If your percentage of fault exceeds 50%, you will not be eligible for any financial damages, making Connecticut a modified comparative negligence state. 

Being involved in a car accident is an emotional and stressful event.  Without an accident lawyer by your side, you could inadvertently harm your case and reduce your chances of fair compensation. If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, hiring a car accident injury lawyer can help you recover the just settlement you deserve. Call Hirsch Andrade at (203) 331-8888 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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