When to Call a Car Accident Lawyer
According to the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, over 300,000 car accidents happen in the nation on average every single year. Of course, a large portion of these are tiny fender benders in parking lots. Still, thousands of them are serious accidents that leave automobiles totalled and can result in severe injury and death, which is the main reason that so many people are looking for a car accident lawyer to represent them after an accident.
The tricky thing about auto accidents and the attorneys that handle these situations is that people might need an attorney regardless of the situation. For instance, if you were the victim of an accident, you obviously need an attorney to help you get your due compensation and to deal with the stingy insurance carriers of the other party or parties responsible. Though if you were said to have caused the accident, you might also need an attorney to help you fight against those charges or to mitigate your liability. The former is typically of bigger concern, as with the latter, people responsible for accidents would primarily be facing criminal charges, not civil charges.
So for people who receive injuries in an accident through fault and negligence of other parties, when is the best time for a lawyer?
The Point at Which to Contact an Accident Attorney
Do it Immediately
The truth is that you should contact a car accident lawyer right away. There's no reason you should wait. As long as you're able, get in touch with a qualified attorney in the area. Of course, for many people, they first have to worry about recovering from their injuries and just healing up. Though as soon as you're physically able to do so, you should start the process by finding an attorney to stand in your corner. You do not want to wait around on this and secure a lawyer at the last minute. It's something you want to do beforehand so that you can grasp the situation, and it unfolds for you smoothly.
Why You Want to Contact an Accident Attorney Right Away
Understanding the Situation
The vast majority of people don't know what to do next after they've been in an accident. Their car no longer works, they might be injured, they have all these new expenses and insurance payments, and may feel like they're underwater. Very few people know the processes by which to address these various situations. But a lawyer does. A qualified accident attorney knows how to proceed, and will help you understand the situation. You will walk through the process, step-by-step so that you know exactly what's going on.
Lawyers Running Interference
Even if you were one of the few people who knew what to do next, what impact are you going to have? Even responsible parties with smaller insurance carriers are still a nightmare for victims. The smaller insurance carriers still have hundreds of millions of dollars in their arsenal to fight you, along with teams of lawyers whose only job is ensuring you don't get paid fair, due compensation. And larger insurance carriers are worth billions. Your own qualified attorney is how you level the playing field. They will run interference for you with the other insurer, and this is how settlements get resolved. Insurance companies hope that you're scared and timid and confused so that a small cheque will satisfy you. The game changes when you get an attorney.
Speeding Up a Longer Process
The injury claim process can be a very long process, which might end up taking years before you finally receive a fair settlement to your satisfaction. Having to wait longer to get the process started is going to increase the time it takes exponentially, so you have to act as soon as you possibly can to get the proverbial ball rolling right away. The wheels have to be set in motion for the machine to start moving, and no one else can do that for you.
Finding the right lawyer is very important in situations like these, but you also have to keep in mind that this is something you want to do a lot sooner rather than later.