Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

Why It Makes Good sense to Hire an Auto Accident Lawyer If You’ve Been in a Car Accident


As much as we like to believe it, there is no such thing as a minor auto accident. Even if your car sustains only minor damage and you don’t think you’ve been injured, an auto accident can set off a chain of consequences that could come back to haunt you at some point. However, more serious accidents have much greater and far-reaching consequences.

In Sacramento, major injury and deadly auto accidents have risen dramatically in recent years. An accident such as this can be devastating both emotionally and financially to surviving family members. When such a traumatic loss occurs, it is impossible to fully grasp all of the implications going forward.

Despite your trauma, you need to take the step of hiring an experienced auto accident lawyer in Sacramento to represent your interests. Not only will you be gaining a skilled professional who can best represent you, you will also gain an important ally who can separate facts from the wide array of emotions that you will experience after a traffic accident. By focusing on the facts of your case, you stand the best possible chance of getting the maximum settlement you are entitled to receive for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, a loss of companionship, loss of retirement benefits, and more.

The Value of a Skilled Negotiator

One of the most important benefits an auto accident attorney can bring to your situation is that they will have extensive experience in negotiating settlements with insurance companies, medical providers, and others who will try to minimize what they must pay you.

Make no mistake about it, although an insurance company will tell you they want to treat you fairly, their primary goal is to preserve their company’s bottom line. Without an attorney fighting for you on your behalf, you may be tempted to accept the first offer made to you or one that is well below what you should receive.

In addition, negotiations are a give and take process that can take months. The role of a good attorney is also to free you of the day-to-day burden of dealing with the fallout from your accident, so that you can focus on moving forward with your life as much as possible.

Most of all, in situations where negotiations are not productive, a skilled and aggressive auto accident lawyer must be ready to press your case by going to trial.

Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.

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Since 1996, Joe Hougnon, Esq. has provided the best legal services for DUI, Criminal charges & personal injury cases in northern California.