Nobody expects a car accident to happen. When it does, however, there are certain steps that need to be taken when they do occur. Each of these steps is just as important as the others, and they all must be completed should a case be filed.
In addition to each of these steps being necessary to the case-filing process, and essential if you are hoping to receive a full compensation, there are also time limits that each of these must be completed within. For example, most insurance companies require an immediate report of the accident, whether it was your fault or not. If immediate reporting does not happen, sometimes receiving full coverage for the damages can be refused.
In addition, the police may or may not have a specific time limit placed on how long after the accident you can report it, but the most effective way for them to gather all the necessary information is if they are there on the scene. They should be contacted right away, and all information from their report should be kept, in case you decide to pursue legal action.
When Do I Need an Attorney
In some circumstances, an accident attorney may not be necessary. However, if your car accident involves multiple drivers, uninsured drivers, or serious injuries, it is essential that you contact an accident attorney. An experienced, knowledgeable attorney will guide you through the process of filing a case, and will fight for you to receive fair and full compensation for any damages sustained in the accident, including damages to your car as well as your personal injuries.
Statute of Limitations
As stated above, there is a time limit for certain steps after an accident. This time limit is called a Statute of Limitations. The Statute of Limitations for getting an attorney after your accident is typically 2 years. This may seem like plenty of time, however, when considering everything else going on, especially if you require hospitalization or physical therapy, this time passes extremely quickly. It is better to contact an attorney immediately so they can get to work on your case and have a better chance of getting you full compensation.
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