Do I need a lawyer if I wasn't injured in an accident but my car needs to be fixed?
Question Details: Last week, a car pulled out in front of me. The other driver is now trying to blame me for the accident. His insurer contacted me and had an adjuster come out and sent me paperwork. Neither of us was hurt and could drive away so no police were called.
We assume you don't have collission insurance which will pay for the repairs. If do, put in a claim to it: that's why you have insurance, and is the easiest and fastest way to pay for the repairs.
If the other driver and/or his insurer will not offer you a settlement (money) voluntarily, you'd have to sue the other driver (you sue the driver, not the insurer) and prove in court that he was at fault. The problem is, even if you can do that, you can only get what the actual repair costs are--you can't get legal fees in the lawsuit. Unless you are talking probably $5,000 or more of damage, it would not be cost effective to hire a lawyer--you'd spend too much on legal fees to make it worthwhile. You'd be better off, for smaller amounts, acting as your own attorney ("pro se").
If sued by the other side, the same logic applies: unless sued for a great deal of money, you are better off either working out some settlement with them, or else defending yourself in court on your own.