Car accidents happen every single day across America and range from minor fender benders to more serious collisions that result in fatalities. In most cases, it is not necessary to hire an attorney following a car accident. However, there are numerous instances where an attorney is necessary – and extremely helpful – after an automobile accident. This is a question we get often – how do I know if I should hire a lawyer after a car crash? While there is no one across the board to answer this question, there are a few common factors that indicate you should hire an attorney right away, several of which we will go over below.
Personal injury attorneys are a wonderful resource to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your car accident injury. While the majority of car accidents don’t require the service of an attorney, there are certain circumstances that do. If you’ve been involved in a serious accident where drugs or alcohol were involved, for one, you may want to contact an attorney to learn how to proceed. Another example of when it may be time to hire an attorney is following a car accident where the at-fault driver does not have insurance. These are just two common examples of when a lawyer can prove to be beneficial after some type of auto collision. Following a car accident, an attorney may be able to help you recover money for damage sustained to your car, secure funds for ongoing medical treatment, or even collect evidence that will prove the accident wasn’t your fault.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few of the top signs that you may need an attorney to help with your car accident injury claim:
- The car accident resulted in serious injury – or even death
In most cases, serious car accidents require the knowledge and expertise of an attorney. If one or more parties involved sustained serious, life-threatening injuries or if death occurred, it may be a good idea to hire an attorney. These types of accidents can be highly-traumatic and often result in complicated lawsuits, which is where a lawyer will come in handy.
- One or more parties does not have insurance
As briefly mentioned above, one of the most common circumstances that requires an attorney is when one or more parties involved in the accident do not have insurance. These types of scenarios can get quite complicated, even if your insurance company offers uninsured motorist coverage. Often, even this type of insurance will not cover the damages, which is why you may need an attorney to help you get compensation.
- You are being asked to collect evidence about the accident
One of the number one signs that you should hire an attorney after a car accident is if you need to collect evidence about the incident. This can be a complicated process that most of us do not know how to navigate, which is where an attorney will come in handy. In some instances, you will need to get a court order to have access to certain data from the accident, and a lawyer can help you do this.
If you have been in a serious car accident or were involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will go over your case and help you better understand your rights and what the next step is.