Do I Need a Lawyer for a Car Accident?

If you’ve never been involved in a serious vehicle collision, you may ask yourself whether you need a lawyer for a car accident after another driver has hit you.

Here’s the short answer to your question: Yes, it’s probably best. Here’s why.

If you’re injured in a minor collision in Florida, you can simply file a claim with your own no-fault insurance company to recover your losses, such as property damage, minor medical costs, and lost wages. But if your injuries are serious, it’s a whole different ball game.

Serious injuries will create extensive damages, such as medical bills, missed wages for extended periods of time (if not forever), and even non-monetary losses, such as the loss of mobility or the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. Your no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance most likely won’t cover all your losses.

A car accident lawyer from our firm can make sure you receive maximum compensation for every loss you’ve suffered.

How an Auto Accident Attorney Can Help You

Because Florida uses a no-fault system when it comes to auto collisions, you can only pursue compensation in civil court when your injuries are serious. This quickly becomes complicated, but a qualified lawyer can help you.

Serious Injury Threshold

Your injury must meet Florida’s legal definition of a “serious” injury for you to file a personal injury claim against an at-fault party. Your attorney can help you determine whether your car crash injuries qualify.


Once it’s determined that your injuries and losses are extensive enough to file for personal injury compensation, you must investigate the cause of your crash. Determining what led to the wreck and who was responsible is crucial in a personal injury claim.

You must not only determine responsibility, but you must also be able to prove it. A car crash attorney understands how to investigate and how to prove your car wreck case.


Next, your attorney will negotiate with insurance companies to get you the fair compensation you’re after. Negotiating with insurers can be tough—they don’t like to part with their money.

Your attorney will need to prove to the insurer that your case against the responsible party is solid and that we’ll take your case to court if needed. If the insurance companies refuse to give you fair compensation for a vehicle wreck you didn’t cause, your auto injury attorney will fight for you in court.

The above outlines a lot of work for a seriously injured auto wreck victim to do. That’s why it’s often a good idea to work with an attorney—so you can get the compensation you need to pay for your damages and move on with your life.

Meet with a West Palm Beach Auto Wreck Attorney

Hopefully, we’ve answered the question of whether you need a lawyer for a car accident. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo are ready to take your call. If you would like to discuss your case with us during a free case review, call 561-659-6366 or submit the online contact form below.