After a car accident, most people know they should report the crash to the police and their insurance company. But what about after that? At what point does it make sense to get a car accident attorney?

Not every car accident justifies having a personal injury attorney. For example, if the accident is a minor fender bender with less than $1000 in damages and no injuries, the case can typically be handled by the insurance companies for the drivers involved. Consider looking for a lawyer if:

 

  • You’ve suffered severe injuries. Any incident that involves going to the hospital, loss of work, staying overnight in the hospital or paying expensive medical bills is worth legal action.
  • There’s a dispute about fault. It’s not always immediately clear who is responsible for damage in a car wreck. In many states, your potential settlement or verdict award could be reduced by your percentage of blame for the crash. Your compensation could easily be cut in half or more if you are found partially at fault for the accident.
  • The settlement offer is low. People injured in a crash are often in financial distress and are willing to settle for very low amounts. Most insurance adjusters will make an initial low offer to see if you will settle for much less than you are owed.

 

Should you find yourself in one of these circumstances, you’ll want to consult with a lawyer. Finding the proper attorney for your lawsuit could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Conduct careful research and choose an attorney who has years of experience handling a car accident case like yours. Follow these tips to select the attorney that is right for you:

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