When do you need to consider hiring a lawyer for your car wreck case?
The short answer is it depends on the wreck.
Car wrecks can range from minor fender-benders to serious collisions that leave folks permanently damaged. Here are some of the situations where having a lawyer on your side can be crucial to getting the closure and care you deserve.
There are several situations where we highly recommend that you hire an attorney to help:
- You have been hit by a drunk driver
- You have been hit by a commercial vehicle or an 18-wheeler
- You believe the other driver was distracted, for example on their phone
- You were in a multi-car pile up crash
- You were seriously injured
- There is a death invovled
I was hit by a drunk driver. Do I need a lawyer?
If a driver was intoxicated when they hit you, a lawyer can work with investigators to help gather evidence related to your crash, even if the other driver was not charged with a crime like driving while intoxicated. We can also help determine whether there is liability for damages on the part of the person or business that served alcohol to the driver that caused the wreck.
I was hit by a commerical vehicle or truck. What should I do?
When a truck wreck happens, the scene is loaded with evidence. Sometimes the police are unable to secure crucial evidence to your case. A lawyer can help make sure key evidence is preserved, including witness testimony, skid marks on the ground, physical evidence at the scene, and damaged vehicles are thoroughly inspected. When our team is hired on a commerical vehicle or truck wreck case, we immediately start working on preserving the evidence so that it is not destroyed. We often bring on accident reconstructionists and other experts to help with piecing together what happened. Truck wrecks also involve many different entities, parent companies, and insurance companies. How each entity comes into play in figuring out who is responsible can be overwhelming, confusing, and frustrating. Our team can cut through the red tape and nail down who is responsible to you and the community for what happened.
The driver that hit me was on their cell phone. Do I need a lawyer?
Distracted driving is an all-too-common cause of wrecks in the U.S. In 2018, there were 2,841 deaths because of distracted drivers in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2019 there were 377 deaths due to distracted driving. If you think the other driver may have been on their phone when they hit you, a lawyer can help ensure that phone records, text messages, and other crucial evidence is preserved to show that the other driver was distracted.
I was hurt in a car pile up accident. Should I get a lawyer?
Multi-car pile-ups are complicated. Because there are so many people involved, it can take a while before you'll hear from an insurance company or risk management company. Getting a lawyer early on in these cases can help make sure evidence is preserved and you are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies. While they are fighting over who is to blame, you should be focused on moving forward with your health and life.
Hire a lawyer if you were in a car accident that caused serious injuries or death.
Wrecks that cause serious, life-changing injuries such as quadriplegia, amputation, brain damage, or permanent disability require long-term medical care and you will need an attorney that can prove that so that you are taken care of in the future. We hope you never find yourself in this situation, but if you or someone you know has lost a loved one in a car wreck, there may be a wrongful death case. In this situation, a lawyer can help guide you through the complexities involved in the claim, the handling of the estate, any potential probate situation that may come up, medical bills, paying back bills, and who can act on behalf of the deceased.
What Can The Button Law Firm Do To Help?
Each case is different and these are just meant as points for consideration to help you make the best decision for you and your family. If you have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation. We also have many free resources available to you. Download our books and our free consumer guides. You can call us at 214-699-4409 or submit a Contact Us form.