If you are a victim of an Atlanta car accident, you may be wondering can I handle this case myself or do I need to hire an Atlanta personal injury lawyer

A car crash attorney will gather evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.  If necessary, he can take your claim to court. This certainly makes your life easier, but hiring an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer is expensive.  You need to be sure that the attorney you hire will bring you more money than you would have if you did not hire an Atlanta accident injury attorney. So, the decision to hire a lawyer should be determined by how severe the car accident was and how serious your injuries are. 
Atlanta Property Damage Only Crashes

As a rule of thumb, if there were no injuries in the Atlanta car crash, you do not need an attorney. You do need to find an Atlanta repair shop to fix your vehicle.  Get several quotes and compare them to the amount that your insurance adjuster is offering. Your settlement should be enough to cover the repair of your vehicle and to provide a rental car while your car is being fixed.
If your car has been totaled, you can use the Kelly Blue Book, Edmunds Car Buying Guide, or NADA Used Car Guides to determine your vehicles value before the crash.  Your settlement should equal that value.

For more information about getting your car repaired and back on the road, download our free guide, "Property Damage Guide for Georgia."
Atlanta Injury Car Crashes
If you were injured in a Georgia car crash, you may need to hire an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.  The need for an attorney depends on the severity of your injuries.
Minor Injuries  

Did you completely recover from your injuries within a week?
Were you able to go to work immediately after the Atlanta car accident?

Do you have less than $1,000 in medical bills? 


If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then hiring an Atlanta personal injury lawyer may not save you money. It is even possible that attorney's fees could reduce your take-home settlement. But, you can handle these claims yourself.

Save all your medical bills and receipts. Your settlement should cover these bills. If it doesn't, ask for a larger settlement. To learn more, download our free guide, "10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case".


Serious Injuries

If you have been seriously injured in an Atlanta car crash, hiring an attorney is essential. The insurance company won't want to cover your medical bills and will do their best to discredit, devalue or deny your claim.  
An experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer is familiar with traffic law, car crash injuries and insurance industry tactics. The attorney will use his knowledge to protect your claim and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 
Even after paying the attorney, you will get a larger settlement. Researchers at the Insurance Resource Council found that seriously injured car crash victims who use a personal injury lawyer receive an average of three and a half times more money in settlements than injury victims who don't use an attorney. 
If you still aren't sure if you need an attorney, just ask. Atlanta personal injury attorney Shane Smith offers free consultations. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to schedule a free case evaluation. We'll be happy to let you know if we can help.

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