May 7, 2024

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?

Two people inspecting damage on cars after a minor collision in a parking lot

If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, then you should always at least speak to a lawyer, regardless of the severity of your accident. At Morgan & Morgan, we offer free case evaluations so that you can learn about your claim and your legal options to move forward. Learning about your eligibility to get compensated for your injuries requires no obligation or cost to you, so you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Your ultimate decision to hire a lawyer for a minor car accident will depend on several factors, including the extent of damages, injuries, and the complexity of the case. 


When a lawyer makes sense for a minor accident

Even in minor accidents, damages to vehicles and property can add up quickly. If the cost of repairs exceeds your insurance coverage or if you're facing property damage claims from the other party, it may be wise to seek legal advice to protect your interests.

Seemingly minor accidents can also result in injuries that may not be immediately apparent. If you or anyone else involved in the accident sustained injuries, especially if medical treatment is required, it's advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for your injuries and related expenses.

In some cases, liability for a minor car accident may be disputed, particularly if fault is not clear-cut. If there's disagreement over who caused the accident or if the other party denies liability, a lawyer can help gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and protect your rights in case of a legal dispute.

Dealing with insurance companies can also be complex, even for minor accidents. If you're unsure how to navigate the claims process or if you're encountering resistance from the insurance company, a lawyer can advocate on your behalf and ensure that you receive fair compensation for your damages.

Morgan & Morgan’s personal injury lawyers specialize in handling car accident cases and have a deep understanding of the relevant laws, regulations, and legal principles. Even for minor accidents, having a lawyer on your side can provide peace of mind and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Keep in mind that there may be a limited time frame in which you can file a lawsuit for damages resulting from a car accident. If you're considering legal action, it's important to act quickly to avoid missing the deadline. A lawyer can ensure you get all the necessary paperwork in on time.

Ultimately, whether to hire a lawyer for a minor car accident is a personal decision based on your individual circumstances and comfort level with the legal process. If you're unsure whether you need legal representation, you can get a free, no-obligation case evaluation with Morgan & Morgan. 


What if the Other Driver Denies Fault in a Minor Car Accident?

If the other driver denies fault in a minor car accident, it can complicate the claims process and may require additional steps to resolve the dispute. 

Gather Evidence: Collect as much evidence as possible to support your version of events. This may include photographs of the accident scene, damage to vehicles, witness statements, and a police report if law enforcement responded to the scene.

Document Your Version of Events: Write down your recollection of how the accident occurred while it's still fresh in your memory. Include details such as the time, date, location, weather conditions, and any contributing factors to the accident.

Consult with Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company and provide them with all the relevant information and evidence you've gathered. Your insurance company can investigate the claim and determine liability based on the available evidence.

Contact Morgan & Morgan: If the dispute over fault persists or if you're facing challenges in resolving the matter with the other driver's insurance company, consider seeking legal advice from a car accident lawyer. An attorney can review your case, advise you on your rights, and represent your interests in negotiations or legal proceedings.

File a Lawsuit: As a last resort, you may file a lawsuit against the other driver to seek compensation for your damages. Your attorney can help you navigate the legal process and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

Remain patient and persistent throughout the process of resolving a dispute over fault in a minor car accident. By gathering evidence, working with your insurance company, and seeking legal guidance when needed, you can increase your chances of reaching a favorable resolution.


How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?

The cost of hiring a lawyer for a minor car accident can vary depending on several factors, including the lawyer's fee structure, the complexity of the case, and the extent of damages involved.

At Morgan & Morgan, you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. That’s right—the Fee Is Free™. You won’t have any upfront fees or out of pocket costs. This way justice can be accessible to all.

Morgan & Morgan has fought For the People for over 35 years and has recovered $20 billion for our clients. As the nation’s largest personal injury law firm, there’s no case too big for us to handle, and as a network of over 1,000 compassionate lawyers with offices in every state across the country, there’s also no case too small. In fact, some of our biggest compensation recoveries were from injuries that the victims felt were “minor”—but we knew they represented big consequences, so we fought for the maximum compensation possible.

Our personal injury lawyers may be able to help your minor car accident case, too. Hiring one of our lawyers is easy, and you can get started today with a free case evaluation.