Immediately after a car accident, you’re probably feeling shaken up and a little overwhelmed. You’re worried about whether anyone is hurt, how you’ll repair the damage, and exchanging insurance information. It’s understandable that your first thought may not be to call a lawyer. However, knowing when to call a personal injury lawyer can save you a lot of time, hassle, and heartache down the road.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
The simplest answer for when to call a personal injury lawyer is: as soon as possible. Of course, you’ll want to get checked out by an EMT on-site if the crash was serious, and you’ll want to make sure you gather information from all parties involved before anyone leaves. After you’ve settled all the urgent details, though, you’ll want to speak with a personal injury lawyer. The sooner you contact them, the more information they will be able to gather pertaining to your case. If you wait too long, it is much more difficult to collect witness accounts and evidence.
In addition to timing, the circumstances surrounding the accident will influence whether you need to call a lawyer or not. Some examples of when to call a personal injury lawyer are listed below.
- If the other’s party’s insurance company is asking for a recorded statement
- If you are unsure who is at fault.
- If you or anyone else involved was seriously injured.
- If any other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians were involved.
- If your insurance company gets their attorney involved or their words and actions are inconsistent.
- If the police report is unclear or inaccurate.
- If you are concerned about your insurance status or liability, or if you have no insurance.
- If the accident occurred in a protected area, such as a school zone or construction zone.
When Not to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If your situation is listed below, you may not need to contact a personal injury lawyer. However, many legal practices will offer free consultations, so it is typically wise to err on the side of caution and get in touch with legal representation anyway.
- If the transaction with the insurance company is straightforward, quick, and addresses all your needs and expenses.
- If there is no damage to your vehicle.
- If the damage is minimal and easily covered by your insurance.
- If no one present was injured, especially if there was no need to see a doctor.
- If you were still able to continue working and maintaining daily functioning following the accident (i.e., there were no lost wages or significant alterations to your lifestyle).
Contact Rogers | Beltran LLP
If you have any questions or concerns after a car accident, especially if you or anyone else was injured, contact Rogers | Beltran LLP right away. Knowing when to contact a personal injury lawyer is the first step, and setting up a consultation is easy.