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5 Reasons To Talk To A Lawyer After A Car Accident

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Alicia Betz
October 25, 2020

After you’ve been in a car accident, your world feels like it’s been turned upside down. You may be rattled, injured, and confused about what comes next. Before anything else, the most important step is to see your healthcare provider if you haven’t already. Another important step is to talk to a lawyer. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can skip or delay this step. Here are five reasons you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible after a car accident:

1. A Lawyer Can Help Determine Who Is At Fault

Even if you’re sure the accident was the other person’s fault, it’s not always easy to prove it was their fault. He said, she said only goes so far, and a car accident lawyer has years of experience analyzing accidents and putting evidence together to prove fault. A lawyer can give you advice on whether or not you’ll actually be able to prove that another person is liable for the accident.

2. You Only Get One Shot At A Settlement

If you decide to settle soon after your car accident, you don’t get another chance. You aren’t allowed to come back later citing additional damage or injuries. That’s a big chance to take, particularly if you don’t know what you’re doing. When you enlist the help of a car accident lawyer from the very beginning, you’ll have a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve and making sure all your bases are covered. A lawyer can also advise you on whether it’s a good idea to agree to a settlement, or whether you need to take your case to court.

3. Lawsuits Are Confusing; A Lawyer Can Help

Lawyers spend years learning the ins and outs of the law before they begin practicing. It might seem to make sense to represent yourself if your case has to go to court, but that can be disastrous for the average person who doesn’t know what they’re doing. You’ll also spend a lot of your valuable time trying to learn about car accident law. Focus on your family, your job, and healing from your injuries, and let an experienced attorney worry about the case.

4. A Lawyer Can Make Sure You Get The Compensation You Deserve

You might think you’ll save money by representing yourself, but even if you are successful in your case, you may not get as much compensation as you could have. You don’t know what you don’t know; there may be types of compensation you don’t even know exist. An attorney knows what type of compensation you can seek, at what amounts, and how likely you will be to actually win and get compensated.

5. You Don’t Have Forever To File A Lawsuit

If you try to file a lawsuit on your own and have no idea what you’re doing, you’re going to need to take some time to learn about car accident lawsuits. Unfortunately, you don’t have an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit after an accident. The statute of limitations varies by state, but in New York for example, you have three years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit.

In other states, like Louisiana, you only have one year. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the sooner you can learn about all of your options and reduce the chance of waiting until it’s too late. You don’t want to delay settling as you try to build a case for yourself, only to learn that you waited too long.

Car accidents are the number one reason people file personal injury claims every year in the United States. It might seem easier and cheaper to settle after a car accident without the help of a lawyer, but to do so would be taking a major risk. Sometimes injuries or damage aren’t immediately evident, and a quick settlement leaves you out of luck.

When you contact an attorney to help with your car accident case, don’t settle for just anyone. You’ll want to hire a lawyer who has experience with automobile accidents; Select Justice can help match you with an attorney who has the knowledge and experience to help with your car accident settlement.

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