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WHAT IS AN ACCIDENT ?
An accident is an unfortunate and undesired event. It results in loss, damage or personal injury. Collision, injury to any person, loss of life, disablement and material damage or expenses that innocent parties have to pay when it was not their fault, can be an occurrence of an accident.
WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THE ACCIDENT LAW ?
Any accident may create a major life altering experience or minor intrusion on your life. By understanding the law, you know your rights in an accident. That will help you in dealing with situation promptly, resolve your claim as fast as possible and put the experience behind you.
You will also know whether you need legal assistance. Some insurance company may take advantage of your inexperience in the claims handling process.
WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER WHEN ACCIDENT HAPPENS ?
You normally need a lawyer to provide advice or represent you in court where necessary when the person responsible for an accident refuses to be responsible for it and pay you for the damages caused. The lawyer will file in the claim against other parties.
You will also seek help from a lawyer to defend a claim which has been unfairly filed by other party.
The thought of going to court is a daunting prospect for many. Thus, a lawyer's involvement tends to have the person responsible for an accident to take corrective action.
DO I NEED A LAWYER FOR ALL ACCIDENTS ?
No. If the damage is slight, very often both parties will settle the matter by the quick exchange of a small sum of money and continue on their respective ways to their destinations. "Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and start all over again" does make sense in this circumstance.
However, if your accident is not minor and results in disability, huge medical expenses not covered by insurance, material damages, permanent scar or injury, you should consult a lawyer. Your lawyer will advise on matters relating to the accident and may help you recover the expense and damage you sustained.