If you have talked to a personal injury lawyer who handles a lot of car accident cases in the last six months, you will hear complaints that car accident cases are drying up. Yet, unfortunately, there is no indication we have less automobile accidents in this country. So why?
I think the main reason is that car insurance companies are getting better at reaching out to clients before they find a lawyer. Insurance companies are absolutely entitled to do this. Moreover, I think this works mostly with smaller auto accident cases. The reality – and this is something a lot of car accident lawyers don’t want prospective clients to know – is that you can often handle small auto accident cases without a lawyer.
Our car accident lawyers handling your case will increase the value of your case. In fact, the mere involvement of our law firm, given our reputation, is going to increase the value of your case. But how much? If you have a big case, it will increase the value a great deal. Our car accident lawyers have been referred cases by other lawyers that already have an offer and we have gotten more than 35 times the offer given to the original lawyer. But our accident lawyers’ ability to add value to your case is directly proportional to the size of the case. If you have a case with an ER visit and a few physical therapy sessions, our car accident lawyers will increase the value of your case. And it certainly will make your life easier because you have someone to process everything for you. But is it enough to make it worth hiring us? The answer to that varies from case to case. Our car accident lawyers used to take these kinds of cases because we thought it was a bad idea to deny anyone the right to a lawyer if they had a valid claim. Now, I’m telling at least a third of the people that call us with legitimate cases that they certainly can hire a lawyer, but they also have the option to proceed without a lawyer, and we tell them what they should do to continue bringing their car accident claim without a lawyer.
Don’t get me wrong: there are real risks in proceeding on your own without a car accident lawyer. Among other risks, you can miss deadlines to file a claim and you don’t have the experience that a car accident lawyer does to know the value of your auto accident claim. But the reality is some people are willing to assume those risks. If you are going to proceed without a lawyer for your car accident, call a lawyer just to discuss your case with them.