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What Should You Consider When Deciding Whether to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Feb 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Anyone who's been in a car accident, even a minor one, can tell you that it's a daunting experience. There are many calls to make in the aftermath. The police, your insurance company, and any family members who might be affected must be contacted. In this complicated situation, one wonders if calling an attorney is the correct next step. It may be difficult to make that decision when your day has been turned upside down so quickly. Here are some points that will help you decide if you should hire an attorney after a car accident.

Attorneys Know Laws Specific to Their State

An attorney based in the state where your accident took place will know the regulations of the area. The laws vary from state to state, and you will want to make sure someone informed can tell you which regulations apply to your case.  An attorney will have handled car accident cases on a daily basis for quite some time. Even the smallest quirks in the law are familiar to them.

They Know When Statutes of Limitations Expire

In addition, an attorney can help you understand the statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit. After the statute of limitations on a claim has passed, it is impossible to take legal action against the at-fault driver. It can be easy to let the time limits on a lawsuit expire without realizing, but an attorney can keep you in the loop. They may also know loopholes in the statute of limitations that can move legal action forward despite expiration.

They Handle the Paperwork

An attorney will file a lawsuit for you, help you prepare for trial, and negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. Navigating the language of the legal documents required in a lawsuit can be time-consuming and confusing. An attorney can guide you through the procedures and explain legal terms that don't make sense. If your case goes to trial, an attorney will pull evidence to support your claim. Perhaps most importantly, they have experience communicating with insurance companies in order to demand compensation as quickly as possible.

The Other Driver Will Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

The other driver involved in the lawsuit is sure to hire an attorney after a car accident, especially if they are at-fault.   In fact, the other driver's car insurance company will hire an attorney after a car accident for the at-fault driver.  Having an experienced attorney working to ensure your best interests will be an important factor in having your voice heard in court. A professional with a vast knowledge of the law will be the best ally against the other driver, as well as against the abundant resources and legal support found in insurance companies.

Car accident cases can be tricky and full of potential pitfalls that can cost you money you deserve, and you shouldn't have to endure it alone.   Many attorneys do not understand that you are entitled to compensation for lost opportunities, such as missed promotions and work.  Seek the services of a personal injury attorney to be sure your rights are protected. For more information, read a bit about our services, and give us a call for a free consultation today or email us through our contact page.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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