Car accidents are unfortunately common in California. However, no matter how common crashes may be in this state, each one is unique and can prove far more complicated than people realize.
For instance, you might get into a crash and assume all you need to do is file a claim with insurance. However, this approach could leave money on the table and leave you with challenges in getting the outcome you deserve. Working with an attorney could prevent this.
Understanding your damages
Fender benders and catastrophic collisions represent the extremes when it comes to the types of accidents.
However, many crashes fall somewhere between these two extremes. Thus, it is not always clear how serious the accident and the resulting damages are. You may not expect or know how to quantify damages like:
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Required lifestyle changes
- Transportation costs
- Chronic pain
These types of economic and non-economic damages can vary widely, and they have the potential to be significant. Unfortunately, individuals are often unsure how to calculate these damages or whether they are eligible for compensation. Thus, it can be wise to work with someone who does understand these elements.
Communicating with others
After a crash, you could be dealing with:
- Claims adjusters
- Insurance companies
- Auto repair shops
- The other party involved
- Your employer
Having to communicate with so many people can be overwhelming. Add this to your existing responsibilities at work and home, and it can prove to be too much. Rather than take this all on yourself, you can leave accident-related communications up to your attorney.
Avoiding delays and missteps
It is easier than ever to find information online yourself. You might learn how to retile your bathroom or play the guitar by watching videos and reading articles.
However, the chances are that you will face some setbacks when you take this approach instead of working with a professional. While missteps may not be significant or irreparable if you are learning something new online, they can be quite dramatic when trying to do something like navigating the legal system or understanding insurance practices.
For these reasons, it can be crucial for accident victims to discuss a case with an attorney to make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes.