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Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

Our accident attorneys explain why

This is a question we often hear from people at Clancy & Diaz, LLP after they have been injured in a serious car accident. Many people think they don't need a lawyer after an auto accident. After all, you're pretty sure that fault is clear, and the adjuster seems friendly enough. It should be a breeze to get properly compensated, right?

Unfortunately, that is rarely the case. Even cases that seem black and white can lead to a lot of grey areas. For example, something as simple as getting out of the car at the scene of the accident and exclaiming "I'm so sorry!" could be turned against you later in the claim process as an admission of guilt.

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    The truth is that insurance companies and their adjusters are not your friends. They're in business to make a profit. And they can only do that when they minimize the amount of money they pay injury victims. So when they investigate your case, they do not have your best interests at heart. Instead, they will use every trick in the book to minimize your accident, offer you a lowball settlement and pay you as little as possible.

    Benefits of hiring a car accident attorney

    Put simply, you need a lawyer because you need someone there for you. Insurance companies have lawyers on their side. Why shouldn't you? At Clancy & Diaz, LLP, we understand how difficult the aftermath of a car accident can be for injury victims and their families. That's why we're committed to helping accident victims in tough situations.

    Car accident compensation depends on the specifics of your accident. Compensation for a minor accident may be less than compensation for a severe accident, but whether your crash was “minor” or “severe” may not be immediately obvious. A car accident lawyer can investigate your accident and factor in every detail to calculate the compensation you deserve. Lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering are all considered.

    We know that you may be unsure about why you should hire an attorney. We want you to know that hiring a lawyer doesn't need to be frightening - in fact, it could be the best thing you do for yourself during your entire car accident claim process.

    Here are some of the top ways lawyers can be helpful:

    • We know the law - You wouldn't consider performing surgery on yourself - you'd leave that for a trained physician. The same goes for the law. It takes years of highly specialized education for lawyers to fully understand the intricacies of the legal system; this paired with hands-on experience has prepared them to handle whatever your case may throw at them. When your future is on the line, you deserve someone who knows what they're doing - someone who can use that knowledge to fight for you.
    • We can help with the at-fault party's insurance company - When dealing with the at-fault party's insurance company, it will rarely go as expected. For example, after an accident that totaled your vehicle, you may need to get a rental car. The at-fault party's insurance company may request that you rent it on your own with the promise that they'll reimburse you later. If you don't have proper help, they may dismiss your request and stonewall you. An attorney can fight to avoid this kind of mistreatment and ensure that you're taken care of throughout the process.
    • We can help deal with your own insurance company - Not only do you have to deal with the at-fault party's insurance company, you'll have to deal with your own, too - and they're rarely much nicer. No matter whether you're attempting to have your car repaired, collecting on a policy, or trying to just sort out your claim, they can often give you the runaround with little assistance. Your attorney can help put an end to that behavior to demand justice.
    • We can help expedite the entire process - Beyond the emotional, physical and financial pain of a car accident, they are also enormous time-wasters. Whether they involve filing the proper paperwork, giving statements, or dealing with insurance companies, car accident cases demand a lot of your time. In many cases, lawyers can step in on your behalf to handle a lot of these steps for you.

    How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

    If you are asking yourself “do I need a lawyer for a car accident,” and the main factor you are concerned with is cost, there's no need for stress. At Clancy and Diaz, LLP, our lawyers represent clients through a contingency fee arrangement. This means we charge you no upfront or out of pocket fees. Our fee comes out of the financial settlement or verdict awarded to you at the close of your case. If we don’t win, we don’t receive any fees. Through working on a contingency fee basis, we can provide professional legal help to people who need and deserve it.

    Contact Clancy & Diaz, LLP for justice

    If you were involved in a car accident - no matter whether it involved drunk driving, an uninsured motorist, or other circumstances - you should not hesitate to secure qualified legal representation. Our California car accident attorneys are fully aware of how difficult car accident claims can be, and we are prepared to do everything we can for our clients.

    One of our founding partners, attorney Pete Clancy, is part of a family that has been practicing law for more than a century without skipping a generation. Together, he and his wife, Precilla Diaz, started Clancy & Diaz, LLP in 2007 with the goal of helping residents of Walnut Creek, Antioch, Pittsburg, Benicia, and the entire Bay Area.

    Want to learn more about our law firm? Ready to have your case evaluated? Contact us. All you need to do is call toll-free at 800-409-8075 for a complimentary case consultation. You can also fill out our online form to send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Clancy & Diaz, LLP
    2855 Mitchell Drive Suite 203
    Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    p: 925.835.7500 f: 510.768.7203
    2006 A St
    Suite #223
    Antioch, CA 94509
    p: 925.667.3659
    420 Railroad Ave
    Pittsburg, CA 94565
    p: 925.568.8707
    1060 Grant St #3B
    Benicia, CA 94510
    p: 707.418.3809