Should You Call A Lawyer or Referral Service from the Accident Scene?
Some television commercials advise you to call a lawyer, or some type of lawyer referral service directly from the scene of a car accident. Their reason for giving this advice, is probably that they want to get their lawyer on your injury case before some one else does. What they don’t tell you is that there is no valid reason to call a lawyer or referral service from the scene. They further don't tell you that you have four (4) years from the date of the accident to bring a claim for your injury. Actually calling a lawyer or referral service from the scene may distract you from what you should be doing, taking photos with your smart phone, getting witness statements, and speaking with the police or paramedics about what happened. Further if your case goes to trial, the fact that you called a lawyer or lawyer referral service from the accident scene may be used against you by the insurance defense lawyer. Your primary objective should be to see that you and your passengers are all ok, and if you or anyone is injured, to seek appropriate medical care at an emergency room or with a doctor of your own choosing. Under Florida law you must see a doctor within fourteen (14) days, so relax, take your time, and choose wisely. There will be time to speak with a lawyer as well, there is no need to talk to a lawyer at the accident scene.