A big decision you need to make after being involved in a car accident is whether or not you need to retain the services of a car accident lawyer. There are several things to consider before making this important decision. The last thing you want to do is potentially hurt your claim by attempting to negotiate and resolve the matter on your own, and then later realize that you should have used an attorney from the get-go.
A good general rule of thumb to use is to determine whether or not you sustained any personal injuries in the accident. If not, and the only damages were to your vehicle, then you do not need an accident injury lawyer. Even if you sustained minor injuries, it never hurts to get a professional legal opinion from an accident injury lawyer as to whether you should retain their services or handle claims with the insurance companies on your own.
Keep in mind, there are several other reasons and benefits for hiring a car accident lawyer which you can read about in greater detail in the following infographic. Remember to contact the accident lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. if you have any further questions.