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Do You Need a Lawyer If Your Car Is Damaged in an Accident?

Cars are expensive machines, but we need them so we can get where we need to go. If you have been involved in a car accident, your car could suffer a variety of damages.

The damage might vary from a couple hundred dollars on up to more than $10,000. It depends on the kind of vehicle that you drive and the point of impact as well as the severity of the crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and the other driver was at fault, you can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your losses. A personal injury attorney can help you through the process.

Car Damaged in a Crash

The cost of your vehicle repairs depends on the damages as well as the make and model of your vehicle. Of course, a high-end luxury vehicle costs more to fix than a mini-van, and it also depends on whether they are replacing the transmission, repairing frame damage, or replacing a fender.

You will need to take your vehicle to a reputable repair shop. When you do this, they will provide you with an itemized estimate for fixing the damage.

Sometimes the damages are going to cost more to repair than the car is worth. In that case, your car will be considered a total loss and you will be given the fair market value for a comparable car with comparable mileage and features.

Do You Need a Lawyer If Your Car Is Damaged in an Accident?

How to Prove You Weren’t at Fault for the Crash

The success of your personal injury claim hinges on whether you can prove that the other driver acted negligently. If you can prove all four elements of negligence, then you can show that the other driver is responsible for your losses. Here is an example of proving the elements of negligence:

All drivers have a duty, or a responsibility to drive safely and protect others from harm. That means they should be alert, don’t get distracted, and adhere to traffic laws. Next, if a driver breaches that duty, then the second element of negligence has been shown. As an example, a driver ran a stop sign and crashed into in an intersection.

Now, you must show that breach of duty caused the accident. If the driver hadn’t been speeding and didn’t run the stop sign, the crash wouldn’t have happened. Next, you will need to show that crash caused your damages. Provide documents, such as repair estimates, tow bills, and rental car receipts.

Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer

If a car accident left your vehicle with damages, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer who practices accident injury law in your state. With the right planning and preparation, your attorney can help you get compensated for your losses. Get your Free Case Evaluation today so you can be compensated for your losses.

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