Here are five signs you may need a car accident lawyer.
If there's serious injury or death. Car accidents in which serious bodily injuries or deaths occur are not only traumatic for all parties, but they usually result in complex litigation. Not only are there multiple legal issues to consider, but the requested injury damages amounts will likely be very high. You'll need an attorney to help you calculate the potential damages and guide you through the various legal claims.
There are multiple parties involved. In many car accidents scenarios, there are more than two parties involved. For example, unsecured cargo may fly off of one car and cause another car to swerve and hit a third vehicle or pedestrian. In jurisdictions that have comparative negligence laws that divvy up the liability, you may need a car accident lawyer to make sure you're only responsible for your share of the damages.
You need to collect evidence. You may need a court order to obtain some car crash evidence and a lawyer can help you obtain it during the discovery phase of litigation. For example, most new vehicles come equipped with a "black box" that records a few seconds of information during a crash. The information may be able to tell you how fast the car was going or if the driver was wearing a seatbelt. But you might not get this data without a court order.
You have upcoming settlement talks. Settlement agreements can be reached before trial and can save you a bundle in litigation costs. However, settlement talks are all about legal negotiation, which is something an experienced car accident lawyer can probably do better than you.