Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident?


December 17, 2017

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident in Georgia?

Our car accident attorneys frequently are asked by auto collision victims whether they need to hire a lawyer.  The answer to this question is not straightforward.  While a person injured in a crash suffers serious injury or loses a loved one, there is no requirement that the injury victim or surviving family retain legal representation.  Although auto accident victims have the right to pursue a lawsuit for financial compensation without an attorney, plaintiffs who pursue this course are at a distinct disadvantage when taking on insurance companies with a team of adjusters, insurance defense lawyers, and accident reconstruction experts.  Insurance companies also will have the benefit of virtually limitless financial resources to defend their insured and mitigate the carrier’s liability for a money judgment or settlement.  Our auto accident law firm works with injury victims to balance the scales of justice in their favor.  This blog article  discusses important reasons to hire legal representation.

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident? 

Navigating Legal Procedures and Standards: The civil litigation process is subject to complex procedural rules, substantive standards, and evidentiary requirements.  Attorneys develop their knowledge of these procedures and requirements by attending law school, participating in continuing legal education, and engaging in the practice of law for years.  Legal deadlines are strict and unforgiving.  Noncompliance can have devastating consequences. If an injury victim fails to file a complaint to initiate a lawsuit before the statute of limitations “runs” (expires), the lawsuit will be permanently barred.  There are many procedures and deadlines that control the civil litigation process, and an experienced car accident lawyer can assist you navigating these legal complexities to avoid damaging your claim.

Developing Factual Evidence to Support a Claim: Our law firm conducts a thorough investigation of the circumstances of an accident, which includes using discovery tools to obtain important information and documents need to prove a claim.  Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates know the relevant factual issues that must be established to prove a personal injury or wrongful death case.  While the vast majority of motor vehicle accident cases involve negligence, the types of evidence needed to prove negligence will vary depending on the specific type of accident.  While a tractor-trailer case might require obtaining and analyzing information from the truck’s data recorder (i.e. “black box”), a motorcycle accident might require proof of vehicle defects causing steering wobble.  Attorneys understand the legal issues that must be proven which are essential to identifying what type of evidence must be obtained through investigation and the discovery process.

Hiring Accident Reconstructionists and Other Experts:  Our attorneys have experience handling car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer crashes, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents caused by many factors, including drunk driving, distracted driving speeding, red light running, and many more types of unreasonably dangerous conduct.  Because of this extensive experience, in the appropriate cases, we have established a network of experts in a diverse range of areas like accident reconstruction, mechanical engineering, vocational counseling, and medical specialties, just to name a few examples.

Evaluating an Accident Claim: Typical car accident victims do not have a frame of reference for determining the value of a personal injury claim.  Our attorneys draw on our experience handling cases involving similar facts and injuries.  When necessary, we also research prior settlements and verdicts to estimate a range of values for a personal injury claim.  Our lawyers are familiar with the many factors that impact the value of a personal injury claim, including the following:

  • Nature and severity of injury
  • Medical bills
  • Vehicle repair or replacement costs
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Egregiousness of the conduct (punitive damages)
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement (if any)

Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Our firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty-three years.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333

Category: Auto Accidents

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.