You were following the rules and driving safely, so when you suddenly collided with another vehicle, you were shocked and outraged. Your car was damaged, and you are injured. You may feel like you have a legal case to hold the other driver involved in your crash responsible, but an attorney may not agree. We share the reasons we reject car accident cases to help you better understand when you may have grounds to take legal action.
Reasons Keller & Keller May Reject Your Car Accident Case
Not every car accident leads to a legal dispute. Usually, claims are settled with insurance companies and everyone moves on. However, when one party is clearly at fault and the other party suffered injuries that will require significant medical expenses, the case will probably end up with lawyers. How do you know which situation you are in? Read our reasons for turning potential clients down to get a better idea:
- There is no clear fault. Unless legal responsibility can be clearly established, we are not likely to take the case. If both drivers were charged with traffic violations after the crash or there is a lack of evidence such as a police report, pictures of the scene, and witness statements, it could be difficult to pin the blame on one driver to hold him liable for the other driver’s damages.
- You are not seriously injured. Minor injuries that will not require ongoing or costly medical expenses are usually easily settled with an insurance company and do not require legal action.
- There is insufficient insurance. Personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency fee basis. This means that once the case is resolved, your attorney will take a share of the final settlement. If the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured, it would not be worth it for you to give up part of what is a small settlement, to begin with.
- Your motivations are unclear. People who come to us seeking a particular case value or who have already been dropped by another law firm will raise a red flag with us. We are committed to helping clients get the compensation they deserve after they have been injured, but we do not take cases just to try to win big awards.
When a personal injury attorney declines your case, they are often looking out for your interests as much as their own. They do not want to waste your time or take a piece of your settlement unnecessarily.