Should someone who caused an accident get a personal injury lawyer? 24 Answers as of February 21, 2012

I was in a car accident on a military base. It was my fault. If I need to go to court, what can I expect to happen? Should I hire a lawyer? Will this go on my record?

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The Farber Law Group
The Farber Law Group | Herbert G. Farber
If you are a fully insured driver, there is no need to hire a lawyer to represent you unless your automobile accident was as a result of a criminal action on your part for example driving under the influence of alcohol. You say the accident your fault so most likely you will be cited and this citation will appear on your driving record and your insurance will take note of it. If your driving record is otherwise clean, you should not be penalized too greatly.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/20/2011
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
You should have counsel. If you have coverage, you should notify the carrier, and it will provide you with a defense. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/19/2011
David Hoines Law
David Hoines Law | David Hoines
if you received a ticket, you can go to court and fight it. If other persons were hurt , they can sue you. If so, notify your insurance company who will provide a lawyer to defend you.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 5/19/2011
Patrick M Lamar Attorney
Patrick M Lamar Attorney | Patrick M Lamar
You should contact your auto insurance carrier. They will provide a defense without cost.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 5/19/2011
Law Office of Sam Levine, LLC
Law Office of Sam Levine, LLC | Sam L. Levine
If you have your own car insurance, your ins. co. will or should take care of everything.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/18/2011
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate
    Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
    If you have insurance, turn in the claim now. If not, wait until you get sued then hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Your insurance carrier should be informed of the accident. It will provide an attorney if it cannot settle the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates | Lyle B. Masnikoff
    Notify your auto insurance company and they will handle everything.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law | Howard W. Collins
    If your were insured your insurance company will provide defense counsel on any civil lawsuit against you for money damages. If you were charged with a crime you should hire an attorney. If you were cited for a traffic violation you should seek advise about how to proceed so as not to impair your defense in a civil suit. Generally paying the fine without contesting the citation will protect your case in the civil court so long as you do not make any statement that could be used against you. As for your record it depends on what goes on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Magnuson Lowell P.S.
    Magnuson Lowell P.S. | Richard S. Lowell
    Assuming you have auto insurance, you should immediately contact your insurance company. They will deal with the matter on your behalf; and if needed, will retain an attorney for you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Beaver Holt Sternlicht and Courie, P.A.
    Beaver Holt Sternlicht and Courie, P.A. | Mark A. Sternlicht
    You should report the accident to your insurance company. The insurance company will handle the claim and provide a lawyer to represent you. The accident may result in points on your insurance record. Whether it results in points on your license will depend on whether you received a ticket and how the ticket is handled.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC | Paul S. Bovarnick
    Notify your insurance company immediately. If you are uninsured you need to hire a lawyer immediately.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O.
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O. | Eric R. Chandler
    No, if you were charged with some type of criminal/traffic offense you may want to first discuss things with a criminal defense attorney; however, if the accident was your fault, you do not need an injury lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    Yes, if the accident occurred on what's termed a military "reservation", i.e., a military base, the matter would be prosecuted in federal court(either civilly or criminally), and, if such should occur, you should immediately retain an attorney who is a member of the bar of that court and who practices therein.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    David F. Stoddard
    David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
    You should report the accident to your insurance company. They will hire a lawyer for you if you need one. If you were not given a traffic ticket, it will not be on your record. If you were given a ticket, it will.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    If you have insurance, notify them and they will take care of everything. If not, wait till you hear from the other driver. Do not talk to their insurance or give statement without lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A.
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
    If you have auto insurance, your insurance company should hire a lawyer for you at their expense if you are sued. That is one of the huge advantages of carrying auto insurance. You should advise your insurance company of the accident, because otherwise it may try to deny coverage based upon failure to cooperate with the terms of the policy. The policy usually requires that you tell the company promptly if something occurs that may cause you to be sued. Better safe than sorry. If the police were involved, the accident will go on your driving record. The fact that it occurred on a military base may or may not change that. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/21/2012
    Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A.
    Ramunno & Ramunno, P.A. | Lawrence A. Ramunno
    Normally, your insurance company will handle any claims and it will hire a lawyer to defend you,if you are sued. Your insurance rates may go up. But discuss these issues with them.
    Answer Applies to: Delaware
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    If you are sued the insurance carrier (yours) will pay for your attorney and will defend you at no cost to you. If you are served with any papers get them to your agent immediately. If you have no insurance, yes, hire an attorney before you go to court.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC | Russell D. Gray
    If you have insurance, report the accident to the insurance company. The insurance company will provide you with an attorney and a defense if it is necessary.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    If you caused the accident, first of course you should report it to the police, and then promptly call your insurance agent and inform your insurance agent of the accident. Most insurance policies have a requirement for prompt notification. If you carried insurance on your car, your insurance company should handle most of it for you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/18/2011
    Ackley Law Group, PLLC
    Ackley Law Group, PLLC | Andrew N. Ackley
    First of all, if you have liability insurance, your insurance company will defend you at least up to your insurance limit. Unless you think the damages will be greater than your liability insurance, you may not need to hire a lawyer. It's impossible to answer all of your questions without knowing more details. However, if you feel like you are in over your head, it may be worth a consultation to see if you should hire a lawyer. Many lawyers do initial consultations for free. As for your record, this depends on whether someone filed a police report. It is typically a civil infraction, i.e. a traffic ticket.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/17/2011
    Tenge Law Firm, LLC
    Tenge Law Firm, LLC | J. Todd Tenge
    If you have auto insurance, your insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you at their cost. This is why you have insurance. The other reason is so that they will pay the loss, up to the limits of your insurance coverage. Your insurance policy requires your carrier to "defend" and "pay". It probably will be reflected on your driving record, as well as your insurance claims history. But, it isn't criminal, simply civil negligence (as long as no drugs or alcohol were involved). Contact your insurance company and report the loss.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/17/2011
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