When Should I Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

January 28, 2022

Serious car crashes can happen when you least expect them. Even seemingly minor car wrecks can cause injuries that disrupt your life. You may face high medical bills and be unable to work.

If you have been affected by the negligence of another driver, you may wonder if you need an attorney to protect your rights and best interests.

Generally speaking, it is in your best interest to speak with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after a wreck. The Chicago car accident lawyers at Coplan & Crane have helped clients across Illinois, including Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas, for years. We know the law and we are passionate about helping the wrongfully injured move forward with their lives. Your first consultation is free, so it costs nothing to discuss your case and learn about your legal options.

Why Contact a Car Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible?

You should not hesitate to contact a car accident lawyer as soon after your accident as possible—especially if you were injured in the crash. Here are five reasons why: 

1. You Need to Make Informed Decisions

Where should you go for medical treatment? What information should you provide to your insurance company? Should you stay home from work while you recover? After a car wreck, you need to make a number of informed decisions. By hiring a car accident lawyer right away, you can get the advice you need to make smart choices. 

2. You Need to Avoid Costly Mistakes

When you are entitled to financial compensation for a car accident in Illinois, you need to avoid some costly mistakes. If you make these mistakes, you may end up without the compensation you deserve. A local lawyer in Chicago, Oak Park, or Rockford can explain what not to do so that you don’t put your insurance claim at risk. 

3. You Need to Get Started on Your Claim Promptly

Speaking of your insurance claim, you need to get started on your claim promptly. But, you also need to be very careful when dealing with your insurance company. If you hire a car accident lawyer right away, your lawyer can file your claim for you, and your lawyer can deal with the insurance company on your behalf. 

4. You Need to Know How Much Compensation You Deserve

If someone else (i.e. another driver) caused your car accident, you are entitled to financial compensation under Illinois law. Your insurance company will not calculate your “damages” for you. Instead, it is up to you to make sure you seek the compensation you deserve. Calculating just compensation for your current and future medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses require the advice and representation of an experienced lawyer. 

5. The Sooner You Get Started, The Sooner You Can Move On

The sooner you hire a lawyer to help with your car accident claim, the sooner you can move on with your life. Dealing with insurance companies can be a long and frustrating process. If you try to handle the process on your own, you will likely end up with just a small fraction of the compensation you deserve. An experienced car accident lawyer can help make sure the process goes as quickly as possible, and your lawyer can also help make sure you seek full compensation. 

What If I Didn’t Call a Car Accident Lawyer As Soon As Possible? 

If you didn’t hire a lawyer immediately after your car accident, you should schedule a free initial consultation today. It might not be too late to hire a lawyer, but the clock is ticking. During your free initial consultation, your lawyer can explain what (if anything) he or she will be able to do based on the current status of your case. 

Is It Ever Too Late To Hire a Car Accident Lawyer? 

Yes, in some cases it will be too late to hire a car accident lawyer. For example, if you have already accepted a settlement or the statute of limitations for your claim has expired, there may be nothing a lawyer can do to help you. 

What Information Do I Need When I Call a Car Accident Lawyer?

You don’t need much information when you call for a free initial consultation. Your lawyer will need to know where and when the accident occurred, and it will be helpful if you can provide the other driver’s vehicle and insurance information. But, the most important thing right now is simply that you call. When you do so, your lawyer can explain what he or she needs from you in order to get to work on your claim. 

Do I Need to Have Money When I Call a Car Accident Lawyer? 

No, you do not need to have money when you call. Your initial consultation is completely free, and our firm’s contingency fee representation means you pay nothing if we don’t win. If we achieve a favorable outcome in your claim, our legal fees will be calculated as a percentage of the amount you recover.

Call a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer for Free

The immediate moments after a car crash can be hectic and confusing. You may not understand the extent of your injuries or the full value of your losses. A car accident attorney can focus on investigating the details of your case and handling every aspect of your claim so you can focus on the task of healing. 
If you have been injured in a wreck, call the car accident lawyers at Coplan & Crane today at (708) 358-8080 for a free initial consultation or get in touch online. Our firm handles car accident cases in Chicago, Oak Park, Rockford, and other areas in Illinois.