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When to hire an attorney after a car accident

You are extremely lucky if you get through a car accident unscathed. Take one San Diego driver who was able to walk away from a severe crash that left the vehicle in several pieces. 

You may not always need to hire a lawyer following a traffic collision. Many people choose not to when it was simply a fender bender. However, others like having a lawyer by their side even in minor cases to simply review all legal options available. Here are the most common times when people consider bringing an attorney onboard: 

The insurance company wants to settle

Most insurance agencies want to pay out as little as possible for car accident claims. You may have needed medical treatment at a hospital totaling thousands of dollars in expenses. However, the other driver's insurance company only offers you $1,000. Many agencies will want to settle right away to put this incident behind them. A lot of agencies count on people not having a full understanding of the claims process and taking the easy money. However, if you know for a fact you need to recover additional expenses, such as pain and suffering, then a lawyer can help increase the chances of receiving those damages. 

The other party serves you with a lawsuit

You always want to hire an attorney when someone brings a lawsuit against you. Even if the accident was 100 percent the other driver's fault, he or she may still file a lawsuit against you to try to get out of paying damages. You may think you have a clear-cut case, but when the other party has a lawyer, you want to do the same. An attorney understands how to fight these cases in a court of law. Additional instances where it will be in your best interest to hire a lawyer include accidents that necessitate expert investigation and accidents where one of the injured people is a minor. 

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