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When to Get an Attorney for a Car Accident?

A common question we get from potential new clients is when should they hire a lawyer to handle their car crash case. If you want a lawyer to handle your claim for compensation after a car crash, then — without a doubt — you should hire one as soon as possible.

Here are a few reasons why-

  1. A savvy and experienced lawyer can make sure all evidence is preserved. Evidence is like bread: if not used within a certain time it goes stale, or bad. For example, witnesses' memories can fade, camera footage can be overwritten or deleted, and cars can be scrapped. A good car crash lawyer can make sure all evidence is preserved so you can win your case.
  2. A lawyer will also review insurance documents before you sign them. Sometimes an insurance company likes to sneak things into authorizations or settlement documents that you shouldn’t agree to. For example, an insurance company may try and get unrelated medical records using an overly broad authorization. Or, they may slip language into the settlement release that takes away your right to sue other responsible parties for your crash. A good crash lawyer will make sure the things you sign are legit.
  3. In a similar vein, hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash will free up your time because you won’t have to deal with the insurance company. You can focus on healing up and getting your life back together. The lawyer will focus on dealing with the insurance company and making sure your rights are preserved and your case is as valuable as possible.
These are just a few reasons why you should hire a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash. There are many other reasons, as well. If you have questions about hiring a lawyer, contact Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott to learn more or for a free consultation. Our lawyers have been handling car crash cases in Missouri and Kansas for over 15 years.