It is important for Joliet, Plainfield and Will County residents to do what they can to protect all of their legal, property, and personal interests. When a car accident occurs, each of these interests may be at stake. There might be criminal charges against you, you might be sued by the other driver, or you may wish to sue the other driver. Additionally, there will be dealings with insurance companies and even hospitals if there are injuries to you or others. An attorney can help you navigate these troubled waters and is someone you can have on your side to look out for your interests.
For an example, let’s say Mary is a Joliet resident who is driving north on Route 59 in Plainfield when another car goes through an intersection and collides with her. Mary claims that the other driver ran a red light, but the police find Mary was at fault and charge her with reckless driving. Car Insurance won’t defend against criminal charges, so an attorney can help defend Mary and help avoid fines or jail time.
Suppose Mary was found not be at fault, she suffered injuries, and is offered a settlement by the other driver’s insurance company. Mary thinks the amount being offered is a lot of money, but is not sure if the offer is fair. An attorney can help Mary in determining the value of her case, and recommend whether she accept the offer. In a lawsuit filed against the other driver and his insurance company, an attorney would be vital in making sure Mary gets the compensation she deserves.
An attorney’s duty is to look out for the best interests of his or her client. A car accident is an unfortunate event where your interests are at great risk. Consulting with an attorney after a car accident is one way Will County residents can safeguard their interests. To set up a complimentary consultation with an experienced Plainfield attorney, contact Hamilton & Antonsen at 815.729.9220.