Car Accident Lawyers: What You Need To Know

Any type of car or automobile accident is always an unwelcome event. Even when the only damage is to your vehicle, you must typically involve your automobile insurer and repair shops, a time-consuming and costly process. But things can get much more complicated when a car accident results in an injury to those in your vehicle or to yourself. Issues arise surrounding so-called “no-fault” insurance laws, which insurance company pays for what damages, and whether the injuries and damages pass the threshold for when a lawsuit can be brought against the responsible party or parties. And what about a situation where you were injured by another driver and you weren’t in an automobile, where you were merely a pedestrian or a cyclist? When should you consult with a car accident lawyer?

Is it worth getting an attorney for a car accident?

If you have been in a car accident, consulting with an experienced car accident attorney is always a good idea. This initial consultation will typically cost you nothing and can be of great benefit in determining what your rights may be and what paths may be pursued. Insurance companies may quickly approach you after an accident, offering an amount that is often way below what your case is worth. Having an experienced attorney by your side will almost always ensure that you are fairly compensated for the harm that has been done to you. Most every personal injury attorney works on a contingent fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay anything to your attorney if your case is ultimately not successful.

Now let’s dive a little deeper and answer some more basic questions.

What do car accident attorneys do?

Car accident attorneys are personal injury attorneys who have honed their focus, often over many years, to specialize in legal matters concerning automobile accidents and other vehicle collisions. They advocate for their clients who have suffered physical and/or psychological injuries as a result of vehicle accidents caused by another party’s negligence. Their primary objective is to help their clients secure compensation for damages and injuries, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other monetary losses.

Car accident attorneys handle the difficult task of negotiating with insurance companies, who often seek to pay out as little as possible in a car accident claim, to get the best result for their clients. To do this, they engage in meticulously gathering, organizing, and presenting evidence to establish liability and demonstrate the extent of damages suffered by their clients.

Car accident attorneys advise their clients on legal rights and options, helping them understand the statute of limitations and specific laws pertinent to their case. Attorneys in this area also handle wrongful death claims and can assist in securing settlements or court judgements for the families of those killed in car accidents.

Do car accident lawyers go to court?


The best car accident attorneys are experts in navigating the complex legal landscapes that vary state by state, which can influence the outcome of a personal injury claim. By understanding the relevant statutes and prior case law, as well as local court rules, their expertise covers not only the negotiation phases of a lawsuit but also trial proceedings. Experienced car accident lawyers have many years of experience appearing in court and have particular expertise when a case goes to trial. Presenting evidence clearly and effectively to a judge or jury, calling expert witnesses, and cross-examining witnesses for the defense are all part of a car accident lawyer’s toolbox in fighting for the best possible outcome for their clients.

How long after an accident can you sue a negligent party?

The period during which an injured party can sue a negligent party is governed by a statute of limitations, and each state has its own for every different type of case. In New York State, for example, the time period during which an injured party can sue in a car accident case is three years from the date of the crash. The time period during which a family can sue for the wrongful death of their loved one in a car accident is only two years from the date of death. Furthermore, if a car accident involves a government entity, notice of the intent to sue must be given to that entity promptly, often within 90 days of the date of the accident.

There are rare exceptions to these statutes of limitations, so it is best to consult with a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. In general terms, a party injured by negligence is in a much better negotiating position if they file their claim sooner rather than later.

Can I fire my personal injury attorney?

As a client of an attorney or law firm, you have the right to change attorneys if you believe it is in your best interest. Most retainer agreements, (a contract between you and your attorney), allow clients to terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time, but keep in mind you may still be responsible for the fees that the lawyer incurred up to that point.

The decision to fire your attorney in a personal injury matter can be a difficult one. You should take the time to evaluate your reasons for wanting to change attorneys. For example, has there been a lack of communication? Have deadlines been missed? Do you disagree with your attorney about their strategy for your case?

You should next consult with another attorney before firing your current attorney. Another attorney will be able to discuss your options with you and ensure a smooth transition between your prior lawyer and your new one.

Get Car Accident Help From Harding Mazzotti

With decades of experience and a track record for securing the highest levels of compensation for car accident victims, Harding Mazzotti, LLP takes the time to listen to each individual’s situation with compassion and understanding. If we believe we can help you, we will work tirelessly in covering all the bases to get the compensation you deserve from negligent parties to make you whole again, all while maintaining regular communication with you about the process. Our firm also handles many other types of matters that may arise from a car accident, including Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation, making us a one-stop destination for your legal needs arising from an accident. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 1-800-LAW-1010.