Are You Settling For Less? The Truth About Handling Accidents Without An Attorney

Need a legal question answered RIGHT NOW? Text Chris Reid @ (205) 913-7406

On average, a person who’s been in an accident and retains counsel from an attorney will receive 3.5 times more money than a person who tries to settle a personal injury claim on his or her own. This finding is based on a study completed by the Insurance Research Council. In this scenario, your $6,000 settlement can quickly become a $21,000 settlement with the assistance of a lawyer. While this is just an average, it is clear the difference an attorney can make. Most families cannot afford to shrug off that kind of money.

Insurance companies are known for displaying extreme miserliness. Many people don’t realize the value of their claims. Insurance companies know this and in turn offer settlements significantly below market value. Insurance companies are also known for avoiding settling when they should and pressuring plaintiffs to settle for much less than they deserve. If you are involved in an accident, it is imperative you hire an attorney to file your lawsuit or negotiate your settlement. It is difficult when you are emotionally wrapped up in a situation to see everything clearly. An attorney can look at a situation objectively and in its totality. Lawyers have experience working with insurance companies and judges and will be able to offer a clear path forward. This is an advantage the average citizen won’t have if they choose to handle their case alone.

The Reid Law Firm offers free initial consultations. We are honest and forthright in our analysis of a case. We are careful to only take cases when we think we can make a difference. We truly want what is best for our clients and keeping our good reputation is imperative. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, please contact the Reid Law Firm today at 205-913-7406! You can also text us at (205) 913-7406 for a quick answer to any legal question. Chris Reid can be reached by email at All communication to the Reid Law Firm is protected by attorney client privilege, so any information submitted will be held in confidence. Initial consultations are always free. For a complete list of our practice areas please visit 

Being injured is tough enough, please don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can fight the insurance companies by yourself. At the Reid Law firm we stand up for the rights of victims and won’t let our clients be taken advantage of by insurance companies.

No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of the legal services performed by other lawyers.

Our firm practices the following areas of law: wills, trust, and estates, divorce and family, DUI and drug offenses (only first and second time offenses), and car accident cases. We also handle business law, including formation of business entities and drafting contracts. Additionally, I co-host Yellowhammer News every Monday during lunch from 11-12 on 101.1 fm Birmingham (but our show is broadcast throughout most of the state).