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Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Lawyer after a Car Accident

If you have been in a car accident, whether a minor accident or severe accident, you probably have a number of questions. One of your first questions is likely whether or not you should hire a lawyer. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to hire an attorney and, if so, which attorney.

The following are the top 5 reasons to hire a personal injury attorney after a car accident:

  1. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights. Auto accidents generally involve an area of law called "tort law," which includes complex legal issues such as negligence, strict liability, product liability, and premises liability.  Tort laws vary from state to state so it is important to hire an attorney that understands the laws of the state in which the lawsuit will be filed.

  2. You have a limited time to file a legal claim. Statutes of limitations place time limitations on when a lawsuit can be filed following any personal injury accident, including a car accident. The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the circumstances surrounding the car accident and the jurisdiction in which the auto accident occurred. A personal injury attorney can help ensure that you file any potential legal claims within the applicable statute of limitations.

  3. Insurance companies may not agree to the money damages you are owed. Insurance policies are difficult to understand and insurance companies often apply a formulaic approach to determining claim damages. Insurance companies frequently seek to offer the least amount of compensation to settle a claim quickly. Unfortunately, the amount of money damages offered by an insurance company may not be sufficient to compensate you for your injuries and damages. A skilled personal injury attorney can negotiate with insurance companies and advocate on your behalf to get you the money damages that you deserve.

  4. Personal injury laws are complex and vary from state to state. The laws regarding auto insurance and liability vary from state to state, and a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can help you understand the laws that apply to your case. For instance, under comparative negligence theories, some states allow lawsuits to proceed even if the plaintiff is partially at fault for the accident, whereas other states follow contributory negligence theories to bar lawsuits if the plaintiff contributed to the accident.

  5. Legal procedures are strict and often difficult to understand. In order to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, you will need to file several documents with the court. Courts have strict procedural requirements that must be met in order to maintain a lawsuit and a personal injury lawyer can ensure that these civil procedure requirements are satisfied.

At Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, our Chicago car accident lawyers have significant experience advocating for clients who have been injured in Illinois automobile accidents. We will help you understand your legal rights and advocate on your behalf. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 to learn more about how we can help you following your Illinois car accident.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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