5 Benefits of Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney in Michigan
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Michigan auto accident, you may be considering pressing charges or using the legal system to obtain compensation for any damages incurred during a car crash. In this case, it is a much more prudent idea to hire an auto accident attorney than to represent yourself in court.
Here are some reasons why you should hire an auto accident attorney to resolve any car accident-related issues in Michigan.
1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal system
By hiring an auto accident attorney, you will be using the services of someone who has a great deal of experience in this particular field. Your attorney will have researched numerous cases similar to your own and will most likely have taken similar cases to court. They will use this knowledge that they have gained in the past to advance your potential for a legal victory.
These attorneys can collect the necessary evidence and will do their best to find additional ways to strengthen your case, such as finding relevant witnesses who were there when your incident occurred. They can also help you when dealing with insurance companies, who might be more reluctant to provide appropriate support and compensation were you to represent yourself.
Michigan’s no fault clause in relation to auto accidents means that no party is considered to be at fault during an auto accident under Michigan auto law. Given this, it is especially helpful for accident victims to have access to a Michigan car accident lawyer.
2. Evaluation of your claim
Another benefit stemming from the experience and knowledge of the attorney is that they can review your accident case and accurately estimate your claim’s potential worth. This estimation can be crucial during the claims process when negotiating with the insurance company, who may try to start by making an inappropriately low offer and justifying it with insurance laws.
The attorney will find a figure that is reasonable by evaluating the following:
- The medical expenses incurred by you after the crash.
- Any wages lost due to your inability to work because of the injury.
- Any income, past or future that you would have made had you not been involved in the crash.
- The amount of money it would cost to replace or repair your vehicle in addition to any personal property lost or damaged in the accident.
3. Fair representation in court
An auto accident attorney is especially useful when you are choosing to dispute a claim, for example, for asking for a higher amount of compensation from your insurance company.
A skilled and competent auto accident lawyer will help you file your claim as well as represent clients in court, which means you can go about your daily activities while your court case is still being decided and discussed.
Cases that are taken to court without any legal representation for the person filing the claim are statistically much less likely to succeed. This is why it is in your best interest to make sure your case is as strong as possible by having someone who can have your back in the courtroom.
Knowing when it is reasonable to settle is also a huge benefit of having legal counsel helping you navigate the courts.
4. Limitation periods
There is a statute of limitations on when claims can be filed for auto accidents, but this statute of limitations varies by state and can be difficult to keep track of. One of the benefits of having an auto accident attorney is that they understand the nature of limitation laws in different states and can navigate them well to make sure your claim is not invalidated because the statute of limitations has run out.
5. Medical examinations
Many insurance companies will ask that you undergo additional medical examinations so they can understand the extent of your injuries. A good auto accident attorney will oversee and observe the medical examination, which is normally done by one of the insurance company’s doctors, and make sure that the examination and the report the specialist provides to the company is fair and equal.
Medical evidence can be a powerful tool to be used for or against your case. Your lawyer will make sure that your medical records will only go towards furthering your case and earning you the claims that you deserve.
If you or a loved one is looking for a skilled, experienced, knowledgeable, and competent auto accident attorney and you live in Michigan, consider hiring an attorney from Cochran, Kroll, & Associates P.C. They can provide advice and guidance you would not receive from an insurance agent, they understand the intricacies of Michigan-specific accident laws such as the No-Fault law, and they will work hard to help you win your case and receive the necessary compensation to make up for your injuries and losses.
Please call our law firm at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-466-9912) for a free consultation. We never charge a fee unless a recovery is made.