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Shep Law Group May 28, 2022

No one wakes up expecting to be in a car accident. However, with millions of vehicles occupying U.S. roadways every single day, the chances that you could be involved in a car accident are significant. When a car accident does happen, it changes your life in an instant. From dealing with personal injuries, damages, loss of work, and unpaid medical bills, the impact of car accidents hits hard and fast. In spite of the overwhelming circumstances that car accident victims face, many still choose to tackle the resolution process alone. This is a mistake that can cost you more time, money, and heartache in the long run.

If you have been injured in any type of car accident in or around Boise or Meridian, Idaho, our experienced car accident attorney can help. Let’s take a closer look at 3 reasons why contacting a car accident lawyer is the best choice.

Reason 1 – Determining Fault Is Complex 

“It wasn’t my fault” is the most commonly used defense in car accident claims. Drivers are always quick to blame the other party, and if you're not careful, you may make unintentional statements that can be used to pin the blame on you. To make matters more complex, Idaho is a comparative-fault state. It follows a fault system that places a percentage of fault on each party. If a person is 100% at fault, they are required to pay full compensation to the injured party. If the injured party was 20% at fault, and the other party 80%, the injured party's compensation would be reduced by 20%. Although the determination is based on evidence and attempts to provide fair compensation, there is always ambiguity when it comes to determining an at-fault value for each party. While this may not seem like a big deal at first, a minor deviance in assigned fault value can have a major impact on the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. A car accident attorney understands Idaho fault laws and knows how to accurately prove the other party's negligence. 

Reason 2 – Your Injuries Are Worth Fighting for

When you are in a car accident, focusing on your recovery and personal wellness should be your top priority. Many people who are injured in an accident fail to realize that the case involves far more than just vehicle repairs and medical bills. Don’t buy into the myth that your injury is small and isn’t worth fighting for. Many car accident injuries related to the shoulder, back, and neck may not be fully known at the time of the accident. In addition, the at-fault party should be held liable for lost wages, pain and suffering, and all other damages related to the accident. Our attorney knows this and can help evaluate the full scope of your case. We will strive diligently for fair compensation, with the goal of protecting your rights. The bottom line here is that assessing your own personal injuries is risky and robs you of the peace of mind that is needed during recovery.  

Reason 3 – Insurance Companies Are Savvy

Most people are under the impression that insurance will cover injuries and damages after being involved in a car accident. The harsh reality is that insurance companies are a business with one goal in mind – deny claims or minimize payouts as little as possible. Most insurance companies rely on savvy representatives who fast-talk and use devious tactics to deny auto victims full and fair compensation. In addition, insurance companies have aggressive attorneys at their disposal whose sole mission is to dispute fault. Many people have their claim denied or under-compensated because they have little understanding of liability rights and how to navigate cunning insurance reps. Before you engage in the conversation with an insurance provider, contact a car accident attorney for an in-depth analysis of your claim.

How an Experienced Car Attorney Can Help

In the aftermath of any traumatic experience, there are questions. At the Shep Law Group, we understand the importance of finding the right attorney.  To help create a smooth starting point, there are a few questions that you should ask when searching for legal representation:

  1. What do you charge for your services?

  2. Can you handle my case?

  3. How many cases similar to mine have you handled?

  4. What is your opinion of my case?

  5. What difficulties do you see regarding my case?

  6. What is my role in this process?

  7. How will I be updated on progress?

  8. What happens if I lose?

  9. From start to finish, how long will this take?

  10. What is my next step to file a claim?

After a car accident, your mind wanders in a million directions. Unlike insurance companies where the default blame is always on the other party, the Shep Law Group believes there are always two sides to every story. We pride ourselves on personalizing every car accident claim, diligently evaluating the evidence surrounding the case, and will aggressively fight so you can be properly compensated for your injuries and loss. Insurance companies will always have the upper hand when another attorney is not involved. Tip the scales in your favor by partnering with a no-nonsense and competent legal firm. Call us or connect online to learn more about the ways we can help.

The Shep Law Group serves accident victims and their families in Boise and Meridian, Idaho, as well as neighboring areas of Ada and Canyon County.