Should I Get a Lawyer For An Accident That Was Not My Fault?
If you have been in car accident, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer. There are TV ads, radio ads, billboards and websites that all ask if you have been involved in an accident. Perhaps you do need one or perhaps not. It makes sense that someone who caused an accident should look to defend themselves from the fallout of an accident, but do you need a lawyer if the accident was not your fault.
The answer is that it depends. If the accident has left you injured or otherwise impaired and you think you may need compensation to reach the state you were in before the accident, you probably need a lawyer. You do not need a criminal defense lawyer. You need a personal injury lawyer.
If you are sure the accident was not your fault, there are only two more prerequisites that can elevate your accident from fender bender to personal injury status. You must have been injured. Property damage is usually not enough, and remember you cannot to take legal action if your medical bills are below Utah’s threshold for litigation.
1. You are injured.
When you have been seriously injured in an accident you need an advocate in your corner. It can seem impossible to get back to your daily life let alone fight with an opposing party or an insurance company over getting compensation for your injuries.
An attorney will you collect evidence of who is at fault, help you make a case that the other party is at fault, and help you negotiate for fair compensation.
2.Your medical bills will most likely be more than $3,000.00.
In Utah, you cannot sue for compensation for your injuries unless your medical bills come to more than $3,000.00. In cases where medical expenses will be less than $3,000.00, something called personal injury protection (PIP) in your own insurance policy kicks in to cover your injuries. PIP is a bit more complicated. See the full article to understand more about it.
You can call your insurance agent and start the process of claiming your PIP benefits yourself. It is only when you are going to need more than PIP can provide that you definitely need an attorney.
When the stakes get higher, an attorney can help you negotiate a settlement. You will need to go to the doctor and collect all of the records of your treatment and all the bills. Your attorney will help you turn that and all of your evidence into a winning demand for compensation, and if all goes well you could get a settlement to cover expenses and to compensate you for other losses including pain and suffering.