Do You Need to Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
If you were involved in a minor fender bender in which no injuries occurred, then you might not require legal services to resolve the insurance claim. However, many car accidents aren’t quite this straightforward. If you do think you might need a personal injury lawyer, it’s better to call one sooner rather than later. Arizona law has a two-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim.
You doubt the information given by the insurance company.
It’s in the insurance company’s best interests to offer the lowest amount of money possible to compensate you for your injuries and property damage. In some cases, the insurance company may try to get out of paying what you deserve by claiming that you were at fault for the accident. You’ll probably be asked to sign an agreement right away. Never do this unless you have a personal injury attorney look at it first. Otherwise, you may end up signing away your right to just compensation.
You or another party sustained injuries.
Serious car accidents can cause injuries that result in long-lasting or even permanent disabilities. Even seemingly minor injuries, such as whiplash, can lead to chronic pain. It’s in your best interests to consult a lawyer to ensure that you receive every penny you deserve for your medical expenses, ongoing medical treatments, pharmacy expenses, or durable medical equipment. Your lawyer can also help you recover compensation for your lost wages, assuming your injuries caused you to miss time at work.
The police report wasn’t entirely accurate.
Unfortunately, you can’t always rely on an official accident report to give the correct version of events or to provide the full story. If the accident report doesn’t accurately describe what happened, you should contact an attorney. Otherwise, the insurance company may justify offering you a lower settlement based on inaccurate information.
For decades, the attorneys at Mesch Clark Rothschild have been providing effective legal advocacy services to families throughout the Tucson area. We’ve recovered more than $100 million for our personal injury clients. Call (520) 624-8886 to request a case review.