Should I file a lawsuit against the driver who caused my car accident?
You may expect an auto accident attorney to say, “Yes! Sue the other driver every time, and show no mercy!” In reality, most lawyers will tell you that you may not have to file a lawsuit at all. Hopefully, the other driver’s insurance company will present you with a fair settlement in a reasonable amount of time, and you can move forward with your recovery.
Filing a claim against the other driver’s insurance policy can be a lengthy pursuit, but it pales in comparison to the time and expense of a full-fledged lawsuit. While most car accident lawsuits won’t even make it to trial, it can be a very useful tool for achieving one thing in particular.
Settle or Sue? Let Your Case Value Be the Judge
For the most part, any lawyer worth his or her salt will tell you that if the settlement is fair, you should take it. This saves you a lot of time and headache, and there is not much more you could accomplish by filing a lawsuit if you are offered a fair amount for your damages. You may only squeak out an offer negligibly higher than your initial offer, but it could take nearly a year before you see any type of settlement.
Lawsuits are particularly good for one thing, though—encouraging the insurer in question to raise a low-ball settlement offer to a fair and just amount. In that scenario, the extra time spent (which will translate to higher attorney fees, as well as more medical bills piling up) will be well worth the added time. A trusted auto accident attorney can evaluate your settlement offer and help you weigh the pros and cons of settling versus suing, and guide you to a well-formed decision.
If you are unsure if you have received a fair settlement offer or have been injured in an accident and are unsure of what to do, Houston car accident attorney Steve Lee can help—his experience and skill has helped men and women throughout Houston get the compensation they deserve. Call today to schedule your own free consultation!