Do I need a lawyer when I wasn’t injured in the accident but my car needs fixed

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Do I need a lawyer when I wasn’t injured in the accident but my car needs fixed

On October 25th a car pulled out in front of me he is now trying to
blame me for the accident his insurance contacted me had an adjuster
come out sent me paperwork, neither of us was hurt and could drive
away so no police were called.

Asked on November 1, 2019 under Accident Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

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.

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