When to Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident Car accidents are never expected, and most people do not know what to do immediately after an accident. Many people focus on treating their injuries but fail to consider whether they may be able to recoup some of the losses caused by the accident until it is too late. If you were injured in a car accident and you wish to pursue a claim against the responsible party, it is prudent to speak with a skilled car accident attorney as soon as possible regarding your right to seek compensation for your harm. While not all car accidents necessitate legal action, certain factors weigh in favor of retaining an attorney. Relevant factors to consider are whether you suffered a severe injury that required hospitalization, therapy, or any other treatment, or you are unsure of the significance of your injury. Another important factor is whether you were unable to work due to the injuries caused by the accident and you lost income as a result. If you were involved in a car accident in which one or more of these factors are present, it is probably in your best interest to hire an attorney promptly. Additionally, you should retain an attorney if you have to deal with the insurance company for the other driver involved in the accident. In cases where the other driver is clearly liable his or her insurance company may attempt to take a statement from you or pressure you into agreeing to a settlement shortly after the accident. You cannot recover more than once and if you agree to settle your claim before the full extent of your damages has been evaluated, you may settle for less than your case is worth. An attorney can help you deal with insurance companies and assist you in assessing the full value of your damages and seek compensation for any harm you suffered. It is also important to understand the procedural requirements of when a lawsuit must be filed in considering when to hire an attorney. A person who suffers injuries due to a car accident has a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the party that caused the accident. The time requirements can vary greatly by state. In nearly half of the United States, cases alleging personal injury must be filed within two years of the date of harm, however there are some parts of the country where a lawsuit must be filed within a much shorter period of time. There are also several states that allow three years or longer. Therefore, in most cases, it is better to hire an attorney sooner rather than later to protect your rights.