Does Calling an Iowa Car Accident Attorney Mean You Have to Go to Court?

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Posted by Tim Semelroth

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You’ve heard the saying before: don’t believe everything you see on TV. Contacting a car accident attorney can have several different outcomes.

When it comes to how Hollywood portrays our legal system, TV shows and movies make the courtroom look like a very intimidating place. Because of that, Iowa car accident victims who call me are often very worried about ending up in trial, being mercilessly grilled by a tricky defense lawyer. But in the real world, this scenario is unlikely to happen for your claim.

You Don’t Have to Go to Court for Your Car Accident

If you were in a car accident in Iowa, it does not automatically mean you will have to go to court. I reassure people that most Iowa car accident claims settle out of court, even when the victim has an attorney. In fact, some studies show 90% of car accident claims settle before ever going to trial. Why does this happen?

An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Can Cost Insurance Corporations More Money

Insurance corporations will often settle cases for a fair amount because an experienced car accident attorney is involved. They know it would be financially risky for them to take on this attorney in court. The auto insurance industry knows that a good lawyer presenting a legitimate case at trial poses a risk of a big payout for them. Auto insurance corporations will often want to avoid that risk by offering a fair settlement for your claim before trial.

Going to Court for Your Iowa Car Accident Claim Is Always Your Choice

I tell each of my clients that the ultimate choice to go to court always rests with them. If you don’t want to take your claim to court, no one is going to make you. You are the one deciding whether to take an Iowa car accident case all the way to trial – not me, and not the car insurance company.

As an experienced Iowa car accident attorney, I will offer my professional recommendation about whether going to trial is in your best interest. Ultimately, though, it’s your decision whether you’d like to go to court or not. The lawyers at RSH Legal like duking it out in court with the auto insurance industry (that is why we became attorneys, after all), but we respect our clients who want to settle.

Understand the Rights You Have About Your Car Accident Claim

The bottom line is, don’t let the thought of sitting in a courtroom scare you out of getting a fair settlement for your Iowa car accident claim. Calling us at RSH Legal and speaking with one of our experienced attorneys won’t automatically place you on the witness stand. It will just get you the information you need to make your own decisions about your car accident claim.

Call us toll-free at 1-319-519-4193 and we will be happy to provide you with more information about your legal options after an Iowa car accident.

You can also find free guidance about your rights after a car accident in Iowa by using the form on this page to download your free copy of Law Guide to Iowa Car Accident Claims.

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