The best answer to when to contact a vehicle accident attorney is always “right away”. These lawyers can do much better by you if they’re involved in the case from the start. They cannot take you on as a client without a consultation, of course, but they can certainly make sure that they get a chance to see you as soon as possible and to see whether or not they think that they could represent you effectively in court.
The first hurdle that most people usually have to deal with is their insurance company. If the attorney wants to take you on as a client, they may start advising you to deal with the insurance company in certain ways from the start. This may mean that the attorney will want you to have them deal with the insurance company instead of you. For obvious reasons, most clients have no problem letting their attorney handle this for them.
The attorney may also want you to start putting together whatever information you have regarding the wreck right away. If you have a police report, they’ll certainly want it, though they can get these on their own once they’re legally your attorney. They’ll need every last detail of the case so that they can argue it successfully in court. This is sometimes an involved process and they’ll spend long hours making sure that they have their arguments straight and that they’re ready to represent you to the best of their abilities.
Once they have your case put together, they’ll want to prepare you for court. Remember that the other party will have an attorney, as well, and that means that you’re going to have to take questions from them. Your attorney will be sure that you’re ready to go and ready to face the opposing counsel. If they take your claim—particularly if they work on contingency—they believe that it could win and that confidence tends to be contagious. Be ready to deal with going to court but do not, by any means, let that scare you or dissuade you from pressing forward with your legal action.
A good Dallas car accident lawyer will be able to help you at every step of the way. Remember to take their advice and to never talk to the other party in the lawsuit without their knowledge and permission. They’ll want to be involved and it’s to protect your interests.