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Do I Need A Lawyer After A Car Accident In Missouri?

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Answered by: Michael D. Townsend

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Kansas City, MO
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Yes. It is always in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding your legal rights after a car accident. Most attorneys who handle car accidents and personal injury claims offer free initial consultations. Therefore, at the very least, you should call and speak with an attorney to ask any questions you may have about your specific case.  The lawyer can help you decide if retaining an attorney is in your best interest under the circumstances.

When it comes to selecting an attorney, you should hire an attorney who regularly handles car accident cases. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you navigate the many different issues you may face after a car accident. Most people (and lawyers) understand the basic concepts of liability (whose fault is it?) and damages (how have you have been harmed?). Alone, that is not enough to protect your rights.

You may be entitled to uninsured motorist coverage through your own automobile insurer in the event that the “at fault” party does not have liability insurance. You may be entitled to uninsured motorist coverage through your own insurer or someone else’s insurer (and maybe both). You can even qualify for uninsured motorist coverage if you are a pedestrian so long as your injury was caused by someone else’s use of a motor vehicle.   

You may be entitled to underinsured motorist coverage if the “at fault” party does not have enough liability insurance to cover your injuries. You may be entitled to “no fault” benefits through your own automobile insurer to help you pay for medical bills, lost wages, and physical therapy. 

The number of different issues you may face following a major or minor car accident are so numerous that they cannot be listed fully here. There is no substitute for years of legal experience handling car accident cases. You owe it to yourself and your family to speak with a knowledgeable attorney regarding your legal rights following an accident.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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