Do I really need a lawyer to represent me?
In most cases, yes. However, if your property damage is minor and you were not injured then you don’t need a lawyer. If you were injured in any way then you definitely require a lawyer.
An insurance company may treat you fairly if the only issue is repairing the minor damage to your vehicle. The same is definitely not true with injuries. Assuming it is clear that the automobile accident was not your fault, the insurance company will offer you just a minimal amount. And, you will spend hours attempting to obtain all of the paperwork the insurance company requires to settle. Remember, they are in the business of making money. Paying you a fair value for your injuries helps you but not them. The common public perception is that insurance companies are motivated to settle so they don’t have to pay out the fees and costs of litigation. This is a total myth that the media has perpetuated. Insurance companies use their considerable financial strength to push people around. Having an experienced lawyer helps you to even the playing field.
There are numerous other reasons why you need a lawyer if you were injured. At Freeman & Freeman, LLP, your consultation is free so take that time to see how an experienced accident lawyer can help you in your particular circumstance.