If you’re considering saving on legal costs and representing yourself in your auto accident claim, there are a few things you’ll need to know before you take the plunge. It’s a courageous move deciding to represent yourself in court — and isn’t for everyone, but it can sometimes work in your favor too — particularly if it was a low damage accident with little or no injury caused.
There are several reasons why representing yourself may be a better option in an auto accident case. For a start, it’s often easier to keep on top of progress; you can track the extent of the damage caused on your car, yourself, and passengers without having to fight with the insurance company. You’ll also probably be keeping track of the outgoing costs you’ve had to shell out for already as these will no doubt be unexpected —and high!
We’ve put together some of the top reasons from a legal perspective to represent yourself in an auto accident case, especially if it was a low-speed accident with minimal injury;
Keeping your costs down
Chances are if you’re representing yourself, the damage and injury haven’t been extensive- meaning the costs are relatively low in the hundreds- not thousands of dollars. Representing yourself in an auto accident legal case keeps any further costs down, such as legal fees and means you are in complete control of the purse strings-, so no hidden fees or unexpected bills either!
Providing your evidence
As you’re representing yourself, don’t forget to take photographic evidence of the damage done to your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and any injuries caused. You’ll need to rely on photographic evidence for your legal case to prove the level of damage caused. Don’t overlook anything- every little helps when supporting your accident case.
Stay on top of damages and injuries
As you’re not relying on legal support or someone else to handle your accident case, you’ll be completely on top of both the injuries you’ve endured and the extent of the damage done to your vehicle. You’ll also be aware of what the recovery time will be, and you can manage your injuries and vehicle damage- which leads us to…
As well as the progress for repair
Repair progress can often be slower if they’re not kept on top of or regularly chased. From insurance company payouts to delays on the mechanic-side, things can take time. By regularly contacting the mechanic for any updates as well as staying on top of your medical needs, the recovery time will be quicker with you managing it.
Knowing the status of your case
If you’ve decided to represent yourself in court, you’ll already be up to speed with where your case is, seeing as you’ll be showing up to it! Having first-hand experience of where the status of your case will mean you’re not waiting around to hear how it goes.
And the perks don’t stop there- we’ve compiled another list of things to know if you’re representing yourself in an auto accident claim, to help guide you through and answer any queries you may have.
Of course, our helpful team of accident lawyers is also on hand to answer any further questions you may have in a free case study chat. Why not give us a call today on (480) 634-7480 and speak to one of our friendly team of lawyers.