Whether it is a pesky fender-bender, or a more serious car wreck – how do you know when you need to hire an attorney? Here’s the thing: even in a minor accident injuries such as whiplash or back pain may not manifest for several days.
There are a lot of issues that may arise after a car wreck, and having an attorney advocate for you is a good idea. An attorney can answer all of your questions and get the ball rolling in a timely manner should you decide to file a lawsuit. This will ensure that you have not waived any of your legal rights.
If you are hurt, you will need to go the doctor or hospital, and this is the point where you will most likely want a lawyer involved. There are a lot of issues that go along with a car accident. There are time limits about when you must notify your insurance company; evidence may go missing if you don’t have an attorney who insists that the other side save that information.
And what if your accident involves a family member? No one wants to sue their parents or sister or husband, but do you have a case if a family member is involved?
This is why you have liability insurance. If you sue a family member, their insurance rates will not go up. So while you sue the person, the insurance company actually pays the claim with no penalty to the one whom you have sued.
These are just a few things to consider if you’re involved in a car accident and you’re thinking of hiring an attorney. And most attorneys charge nothing for an initial consultation.
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