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Should you speak with an attorney about your minor car accident?

Have you recently been involved in a relatively minor motor vehicle accident? If so, you may be wondering whether it is worth your time and energy to speak with a personal injury attorney about the situation. The particular circumstances surrounding every motor vehicle accident are unique. As a result, only you can truly know whether or not speaking with an attorney is the best choice for you.

If your accident was a very minor fender-bender that resulted in no property damage, no medical issues and no police report, you may not need to speak with an attorney. However, if your accident was significant enough that you need to deal with insurance companies, doctors, auto-body shops and/or law enforcement officers, it may benefit you to consult with an attorney.

Minor accidents may not ultimately be treated as minor by insurance companies, others involved in the accident and the courts. While you may believe that the accident was minor, these other players may see the situation differently. And depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you could be held liable for property damage and medical bills that should be covered by insurance. You could even be sued by others involved in the accident.

Only you can know whether it seems appropriate to consult an attorney about your seemingly minor accident. However, if you are unsure, you may want to err on the side of caution and speak with an attorney as a precautionary measure. A little time and effort now could save you money and headaches later on.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Car Accident Case?” Daniel Taylor, Feb. 5, 2015

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