When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident

When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident

When is the best time to hire an attorney for your car accident?

If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact an attorney immediately. The experienced attorneys at Travis Law Group stress that from the moment you are involved in a car accident, time is not on your side. Police reports, medical records/bills, lost wage information, etc., all need to be obtained. Photographs, videos, and witnesses also play a critical role in your case. The lawyers at Travis Law Group have handled hundreds of personal injury cases and are experienced in how to use the limited time you have available in order to successfully achieve positive results.

What are my time limits?

Pursuant to C.R.S. 13-80-101(1)(n), injured parties have a three-year deadline from the date of their collision to resolve their case or otherwise file a lawsuit. Generally, the deadline is only two (2) years for injuries except those sustained in car accidents, C.R.S. 13-80-102(1)(a). You can hire a lawyer at any time after your car accident; however, these strict time limits apply regardless of when you retain your attorney.

Do I have to pay my car accident attorney?

Personal injury attorneys are typically paid on a contingent fee basis. This means that your lawyer is paid a portion of your settlement proceeds. That is why it is extremely common to see advertisements stating that personal injury lawyers do not get paid unless you “win.”

The lawyers at Travis Law Group charge a 1/3 contingency fee for our personal injury cases unless the case requires the filing of a lawsuit. This means that we are paid 1/3 of any potential settlement we obtain. Throughout the handling of your case, we provide monthly invoices that show you exactly what work is being done on your case. Even though our clients are not charged an hourly rate, we feel it is extremely important that you see the work we are performing on your case before a settlement is reached.

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1. Will I have to sue someone?

Possibly, but hopefully not. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled without the need for litigation. However, even if your case requires a lawsuit, that does not mean you will have to go to court. Regardless, the attorneys at Travis Law Group are highly experienced and are prepared to litigate your case if the defendant is unwilling to provide a reasonable settlement.

2. How do I know how much my case is worth?

Some factors that determine the value of your case include, but are not limited to: the extent of your injuries; the type and amount of treatment you received; whether there is permanent injury; and whether or not you require(d) surgery. Insurance adjusters are trained in pointing out the flaws in each and every personal injury case. These adjusters will use any lapse in treatment, prior injuries, age, etc. to lower the value of your claim(s). It is important that you hire a lawyer that can handle the arguments presented by a seasoned insurance adjuster.

3. Should I speak with anyone besides my attorney about my car accident?

Unless you are required to give a statement, or are subpoenaed for a deposition, we usually instruct our clients to allow us to handle all communications on their case. It is our experience that, much like criminal law, “…anything you say can and will be used against you.” Again, the insurance companies are equipped with adjusters trained in using your words against you to diminish the value of your claim(s). However, please note: you should follow any reporting requirements contained in your individual policy regarding collisions.

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