Should you contact an attorney after a car accident in West Virginia?
The short answer is, that it depends. If the car wreck was minor and there obviously have not been any injuries, then it may not be necessary to contact a car accident lawyer in West Virginia. However, if you or anyone you care about has been injured in the car accident, especially if there is any permanent injury, or significant time is lost from work or school or household duties, then you’ll want to see a lawyer about possibly representing you in a claim against anyone else who may be responsible for your injuries. However, even if you’re not injured, don’t entirely rule it out as the facts and circumstances surrounding car accidents are always different.
Contacting an attorney who deals with personal injury (especially relating to auto accidents) can provide you with the peace of mind that no stone gets left unturned. It is especially important to contact an car accident lawyer immediately if any of the following events have occurred:
– An injury has occurred where there has been serious injury (broken bones / hospitalization) or where injuries are likely to be permanent (paralysis);
– A death has resulted from the accident;
– Fault is clearly an issue;
– Other parties were involved such as pedestrians or other autos;
– The accident occurred in a construction area;
– A police report does not accurately describe the accident and puts you at fault;
– Important technical, legal or medical issues are involved;
– The limits of your liability insurance are low,
– You have no insurance, or your insurance company suggests that you did not pay your premium.
– Your insurer starts “acting funny.”
– Your insurer involves its own attorney
Other reasons to speak with a West Virginia car accident lawyer include:
– Seeking advice on the settlement value of a claim (while not an exact science, attorneys may be able to provide best and worse case scenarios);
– Unsure if other insurance (homeowners, travel, etc.) may be available;
– Fault may be an issue;
– Determining whether your insurer may be acting in bad faith (not looking out for your best interests);
– Seeking information on how to handle negotiations with an insurer;
– You don’t know your rights;
– Confused over the terms of your policy;
– Needing an expert to review confusing paperwork or forms.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney.