It isn’t uncommon to see the aftermath of an auto accident, whether it’s during your drive to work or as you’re heading home from a long day. The fact is, accidents happen, and they happen rather frequently. While the risk for engaging in a car crash is rather high, it is estimated that the average driver will only engage in a collision once every 17.9 years [Source: Forbes]. That means that many drivers have never been involved in an accident and for those who have, they may have only been involved in one or two collisions since they started driving.
Now, because it isn’t common for the average driver to engage in a crash very often, most aren’t sure what they should do after one has occurred. One of the most commonly asked questions that most drivers have as a result of this “inexperience” with accidents is “Do I need to hire an accident lawyer?” While the answer to this question varies, the only person who can help you determine this is an accident lawyer himself. The fact is, there is a lot to consider such as how much your property damage is worth or how serious your injuries are that determines if you need the help of an experienced accident lawyer in Santa Rosa, CA.
If you would like to speak with a knowledgeable accident attorney in Santa Rosa, CA who can assess your incident and decide whether their legal expertise is needed, contact the Law Office of Erin Aaland today.
Why should I consider hiring an attorney after a driver hit me while changing lanes?
Although an attorney can answer this question with much more precision and in greater depth, below we will briefly explain why you might need to retain a legal expert after engaging in this type of accident.
There are times when drivers will accept the blame for causing an accident while changing lanes and their insurer will provide you with a settlement check that covers all your damages. There are also times when motorists, despite their role in causing a collision to occur, will claim they didn’t cause the wreck, and their insurer won’t pay your claim or won’t pay enough to compensate for your damages. It is in instances such as these that you should consider bringing a legal representative into the picture.
Not only will an attorney serve as your liaison between you and the insurance company, but they can also help prove the other driver was responsible for the wreck. For instance, lawyers will rely on certain state laws and statutes that can be used to prove the other driver violated one or more traffic laws which will make your case against them stronger. For example, the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles says that drivers must only pass on the right when “an open highway is clearly marked for two or more lanes of travel in your direction.” If a driver attempts to change lanes and pass in front of you when they legally are not permitted to which results in a crash, this can be used as evidence to prove they are at fault for causing the incident.
There are other ways to prove a driver is at fault for causing a car accident and methods lawyers will use to get their insurer to provide you with the amount of compensation you are legally entitled to, not the amount they believe you should receive. As you can see, there are many benefits to hiring a lawyer so if you are ready to speak with someone in your area who is qualified to provide you with legal advice and guidance, contact Santa Rosa, CA accident attorney Erin Aaland today.
The Law Office of Erin Aaland is located at:
1400 N. Dutton Ave., Suite #21
Santa Rosa, CA 95401