If I was involved in an accident and I go to court this week, is it necessary for me to get a lawyer?

I rear-ended a car at a red light. The accident was about 2 months ago but she has not made a claim on my insurance yet. I know not to plead guilty. What do I say?

Asked on October 24, 2015 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It his highly recommended that you get an attorney. (It's not "necessary" because you are allowed to represent youself.) First, experienced counsel will maximimize your chance of minimiming your punishment (i.e. any fines, points, etc.). Second, the lawyer will help prevent you that could be used against you later if the person you hit, or her insurer (looking to recover from you any amounts they pay out) sue you for compenation.


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