When to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

When to hire an attorney after a car accident Your attorney does the majority of the legwork after an accident, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

As a rule, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can after your car accident occurs. Every state has what is referred to as a “statute of limitations.” Essentially, this is a limitation on how long after the accident you can bring a claim. In most states, that time frame is between one year and three years.

When to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

While this may seem like a long time, it really isn’t. It is important that you have significantly recovered after your car accident for you to bring a car accident claim, and sometimes a year or two may not be enough. Contacting an attorney right away after the accident can help you avoid potential problems with the statute of limitations in your state.

When to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident

You can tell when to hire an attorney after a car accident by the seriousness of the accident. In some cases, you may not need an attorney, but there are situations where it is always a good idea to make a phone call to speak with a lawyer.

  • You have a serious injury
  • There will be long-term consequences associated with your injury
  • Your injury is going to cause disfigurement
  • There was a death that resulted from the accident
  • The accident occurred in a construction area
  • The accident involved a commercial truck
  • There is a question about who is at fault for the accident
  • The insurance company has retained their own attorney
  • The insurance company has offered you a settlement that you feel is much too low
  • You suspect that your insurance company is acting in bad faith or not treating you fairly

You may also want to set up a consultation just to get a feel for your rights after a car accident. A lawyer can also assist by:

  • Helping you understand your insurance policy
  • Getting an idea of how much your claim might be worth
  • Determining if other types of insurance coverage might be available
  • Helping you understand your rights or the rights of someone else (passengers or children, for example)

In these situations, you may be able to use the attorney’s advice to get you started. In many cases, the attorney will tell you whether this would be a good case for his or her services. Attorneys will often let you know when you can likely handle a case yourself.

If you think you need an attorney, do not wait to make that call. The clock is ticking on your claim. Call 877-810-4067 or fill out the contact form above for more information and to get connected to an attorney in your area.