When it’s time to hire an attorney after a car accident

In the aftermath of a car accident, there are many steps to take that you probably hadn’t planned for. You may need to contact a doctor, insurance, an auto repair shop and your employer to sort out accident-related issues.

In the midst of arranging communication with these parties, remember how an attorney can help. Here are a few scenarios that should signal to you it’s time to contact an attorney after a car accident.

Before you accidentally admit fault

Texas is a "fault" car insurance state, which means that even saying, “sorry” could limit your opportunity to receive damages or obligate you to pay damages for an accident you didn’t cause.

You can choose to contact an attorney before speaking with the police, the other driver or the other driver’s insurance company. An attorney can speak on your behalf to ensure you do not incriminate yourself.

If there were injuries

After an accident, always seek medical attention — even if you don’t think you’ve sustained injuries. Some injuries can be delayed for weeks.

If you or another party has been injured, a lawyer can help guide you through the personal injury process. Those who have been injured should record documentation of injuries, treatment, lost wages, transportation costs, medical equipment and more.

If there was property damage

Though an insurance company may offer compensation for damages, filing a lawsuit may be necessary if you cannot agree on a claim with the insurance company. An attorney can advise whether you may be able to receive compensation for damaged property.

If police did not investigate the accident and there was over $1,000 in property damage, the law requires drivers to file a crash report within ten days of the accident. A lawyer may also be able to help you file this report.

Before you’re out of time

The latest you can file for a personal injury or damaged property claim is two years from the car accident.

It’s in your best interest to contact an attorney to learn more about the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact a lawyer to ensure your rights are protected.

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