There are probably plenty of people who should have consulted an attorney over car crash, but who never do because they are not sure whether they have a good case or not. Here are the basic things to consider when determining whether to hire a car accident attorney:
WHO CAUSED THE COLLISION?
Often the answer to this question is obvious. It often does not require a trial lawyer to figure out. If you were in a collision and you are sure it wasn’t your fault, you might want to consider contacting a lawyer. If the other driver was at fault and you were injured in the collision, it could help you tremendously to consider hiring a lawyer.
WERE MY INJURIES CAUSED BY THE COLLISION?
This is often obvious to you, but this is the area where insurance companies fight the hardest. Insurance companies often don’t deny that their insured cause the collision, but don’t believe the collision caused the injuries you claim, particularly where the impact was not at high speeds. If the insurance company is claiming that while their insured caused the collision, they did not cause your injuries, you should seriously consider contacting a lawyer.
CONTACTING A LAWYER
Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. This means they don’t charge you any legal fees unless they win your case. It also means that they will usually offer you a free consultation so that they can see if you have a valid claim.
It’s a good idea to contact an attorney because there are limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit. Even if you’re not ready for a consultation, an attorney can at least let you know how much time you have before your statute of limitations expires.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident and would like to talk with someone, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 90-771-9002 for a free consultation or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.