If you’re about to talk to an attorney about suing somebody over a car accident, you’ll want to consider some of the reasons why the attorney may refuse to take your claim. Generally speaking, if you are the victim of negligence and didn’t do anything to bring the accident upon yourself, the attorney will probably represent you. There are some factors that people fail to consider, however, when they speak to an attorney and you should be aware of the following.
Sometimes, people are absolutely convinced that they did everything right and were hit by a driver who was negligent when nothing of the sort actually happened. Anger sometimes clouds one’s ability to perceive a situation accurately. If you did something to cause the accident – pulled out into the intersection early, try to make a turn in a hurried fashion before a light turned red, rear-ended someone – the attorney probably won’t be able to do anything for you. If you and the other driver were both negligent, you’re both logically to blame for the situation you both created.
You Waited too Long
There are limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit. If you’re considering whether or not you should file a lawsuit, the first thing you can do is simply call an attorney’s office and ask them if the limitations have expired. If they haven’t, the attorney may want to speak with you. If they have, there’s nothing else to think about: there’s no way you can sue after a certain amount of time has passed.
They Weren’t Negligent
Negligence is a tricky thing to establish. This is why you want to make certain you have a very good Fort Worth car accident attorney if you do go to court. Part of what the concept of negligence hinges upon is what you can realistically expect a normal person to do. If somebody would’ve had to make a maneuver that would’ve made a professional race car driver proud to have avoided hitting you, the jury may well not find any negligence involved in the accident. In some cases, accidents just happen and there is nothing anybody could have done to have avoided it.
Only a car wreck lawyer can really tell you whether or not a lawsuit is likely to win. The good news is, if they don’t think you have a lawsuit, they won’t take your case and charge you legal fees anyway.