"Should I get a lawyer?"

Asked over 1 year ago - Santa Ana, CA

I was in a car accident that was my fault, my car was totaled but the other person's car only received 900 dollars of damage. At the time the person seemed fine and drove away, it's been more than a month now since the accident and the person is now claiming whiplash injuries. My auto insurance covers up to 15,000 in bodily injuries for each person, should I get a lawyer just in case the person is seeking more than 15k? She was the only driver in the car and as was I on mine. The initial impact was 20mph.

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  1. Harry Edward Hudson Jr

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Your carrier will provide counsel.

    The above is not intended as legal advice. The response does not constitute the creation of an attorney client... more
  2. Sean Michael Patrick

    Contributor Level 16

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    Answered . No. You should let your insurance handle it. Often times the injured party will settle for 'policy limits' releasing you from any excess liability. Unless you have significant assets, you likely will be fine. Wait until the settlement is close to reevaluate. Now might be a great time to re-evaluate your insurance coverage. Best of luck.

    I am licensed in California, therefore, my answers are based on general prinicpals of law or California law, which... more
  3. Adrienne Patricia Allen

    Contributor Level 15

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    Answered . If your auto insurance carrier doesn't know about this yet, you may want to report it to them to be sure you will be covered. The insurance company will handle it and if it doesn't settle, they will provide you with an attorney to defend you. Good luck!

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. The above answer is for general... more
  4. Steven Mark Sweat

    Contributor Level 19

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    Answered . You should report the accident to your insurance carrier if you haven't done so already. If you are sued, the insurance company will assign you an attorney.

    Nothing in this communication should be construed as creating an attorney client relationship. This is for... more
  5. Kevin Coluccio

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Your insurance company will handle the matter, however, if the injured party claims damages over your limits, you should, indeed, consult with a private attorney to make sure your interests are properly protected.

  6. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Your insurance company will resolve this.

    Only 29% Contingency Fee! Phone: 215-510-6755 www.InjuryLawyerPhiladelphia.com

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