Why You Should Always Have a Lawyer Present When Reaching a Car Accident Injury Settlement

In 2011, there were well over one million licensed attorneys practicing in the U.S., and considering that about 5.5 million car accidents occur each year (resulting in about three million injured individuals), it’s no surprise that car accident attorneys make up a large portion of the personal injury law industry.

But here’s the thing: most personal injury cases never even see the inside of a court room. In fact, about 95% of all personal injury lawsuits are settled outside of court and before the trial is held. You’re probably familiar with the concept of a settlement (if you’re not, it essentially means that the defendant pays off the plaintiff in order to get the charges dropped).

In some cases, you’ll get a better deal by making a settlement outside of court, and you’ll save quite a bit of money on court fees, lawyer fees, and paperwork processing fees; in other cases, however, you could be losing a lot of money that you deserve if you choose to forego an official trial. Lawyers specializing in car accident injuries are able to look at the big picture, and they’ll have a good idea about how money you deserve.

When cases involve very serious injuries, settlements outside of court can be much more complicated. These cases include things like car crashes where pedestrians are injured (which happens more often than you’re think — about once every seven minutes in the U.S., in fact) or crashes where fatal injuries occur (about 40,000 fatal car crash injuries happen every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

In these instances, getting compensated for injuries isn’t just about paying for one-time hospital bills. These injuries could mean that the victim will need enough money to pay for a lifetime of extra medical care, and if a victim of a fatal car crash is a financial provider for others, those dependents will need substantial financial support. Car accident attorneys won’t just fight for their clients in these cases; they’ll bring to the table a plethora of legal and financial knowledge, and they’ll help their clients figure out how much compensation is deserved.

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