How Soon Should You Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

There are few things more traumatic than a car wreck. There are so many thoughts and emotions that can go through the human mind in a split second that it is unbelievable. Even after the accident, when you are told that you are fine and that you can leave the hospital and go home, your thoughts are generally still on the experience and how much worse it could have been. It is not until you have had some time to sit and think, as you miss days of work because of the other driver's negligence, and you begin to suffer with back problems that you did not have before that you entertain the thought of hiring a car accident lawyer.

It is true that some people jump right out of a wreck and go out and get themselves a car accident lawyer immediately. Some of them even make a career out of having accidents and have one on retainer. However, this is not a good idea. For one thing, it shows an over eagerness to sue. That could have a negative impression on the judge and the courtroom. If you wait a little while and actually legitimately think about it, it will be better because it will not seem as if you just want money from the defendant.

You may be wondering if there is a statute of limitations that you have to worry about. That varies by state and any car accident lawyer could advise you on that over the phone. One thing is for sure, if there is a statute of limitations in your state, it is likely to be over a year, so you are good to wait and think it out for a week or two. You can also use that time to research all of the attorneys in your area so that you find a good one in the event that you go ahead with a case.

Waiting before you get a car accident lawyer just makes logical sense. For one thing, jumping the gun on starting a case could cause you to get an outcome that you do not want. For another thing, you have to seriously consider whether or not going through with the case is a good idea. Sometimes the ends do not justify the means – especially with court cases. So never go into a legal situation too quickly or you could end up on the losing end of the stick.


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