How long after a car accident should I contact an attorney? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

If you’re injured in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. Why? Because time is of the essence in terms of preserving vital evidence. If too much time goes by, evidence that proves the other driver’s negligence could potentially be lost, and in many personal injury cases, the statute of limitations for filing your claim is only two years from the date of the accident.  It’s important to contact an attorney right away in order for the attorney to:

  • Collect evidence, such as obtaining photographs of car damage and/or hazards in the road at the scene of the accident which may or may not have contributed to the incident. 
  • Track down and interview any and all witnesses to the accident. The sooner this is done, the clearer and more reliable witnesses’ memories are. 
  • Intervene on your behalf with the other driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to pressure victims into settling for much less than what they are entitled to for their injuries and/or property damage.