Should someone who caused an accident get a personal injury attorney? 54 Answers as of September 19, 2012

I rear ended a car on the freeway and caused a 4 car accident and have good reason to believe I will get sued. What type of attorney do I need?

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Wilson & Hajek, LLC
Wilson & Hajek, LLC | Eddie W. Wilson
Contact your insurance company. They should provide a lawyer to defend any actions.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 8/22/2011
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
Your insurance company will defend the lawsuit for you. They will hire an attorney if necessary.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 8/17/2011
David Hoines Law
David Hoines Law | David Hoines
your auto liability insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/13/2011
The Law Firm of Reed & Mansfield
The Law Firm of Reed & Mansfield | Jonathan C. Reed
If you have insurance on your car call the insurance company and they will in most cases provide an attorney if you need one.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/12/2011
Law Offices of Richard Copeland, LLC
Law Offices of Richard Copeland, LLC | Richard Copeland
Report the claim immediately to your insurance company. Under your policy, your insurer should provide you with a defense if you are sued. You must cooperate with your insurance company by keeping it notified promptly of anything that happens, from the accident to any letters you receive or to the filing of suit. You also have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company as it investigates the facts of the accident.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/10/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    If you were not intoxicated and have no insurance, maybe a bankruptcy attorney. If you are insured , the carrier will provide an attorney, report the accident.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    If you had insurance coverage on your car, your insurance carrier has a duty to provide an attorney for you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    Your insurance company will hire a lawyer to defend you. I assume you have reported this incident to your insurance company. You must co-operate fully with their investigation and defense.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    A. Daniel Woska & Associates, P.C.
    A. Daniel Woska & Associates, P.C. | Dan Woska
    As the "cause" off the accident, I suggest you do the following: 1. Pull out and read carefully your insurance policy; 2. Call your insurance agent; 3. Ask your insurance company who they plan to use to defend you; and, 4. If the insurance company declines or refuses coverage you need to hire an attorney familiar with car wrecks and coverage issues in auto accidents.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator
    Bernard Huff, Attorney/Mediator | Bernard Huff
    You need to at least consult with a defendant's accident attorney. If you sued, you will need to retain an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Advanced Litigation Services
    Advanced Litigation Services | Joseph Iarussi
    No you should notify your insurance company.Under your policy the insurance company is under contract to provide you with an attorney.. The insurance company has firms that they work with and pay a reduced rate to represent you.Most likely the insurance adjuster will settle your claim before the need for the person to sue you, and the insurance company has an obligation to settle the claim if its a reasonable amount, to prevent you from being sued.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A.
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
    Your first course of action should be to contact your insurance company. If you had auto insurance, they will hire a lawyer for you to defend your interests. You can also hire an attorney yourself, but usually such lawyers will want to be paid hourly and it can get expensive. Hopefully your insurance company will take care of getting you a lawyer and trying to resolve any claims against you. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/20/2012
    David F. Stoddard
    David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
    If you have auto insurance, your insurance company will hire an attorney who specializes in defending wreck cases to defend you and the claim. You should report the claim to your insurance company and let them handle it. If you have no insurance, you may want to hire an attorney who defends personal injury claims.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C.
    The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. | Josh Lamborn
    If you are covered by liability insurance your company your policy likely requires your insurance company to defend you in court and indemnify you up to the policy limit should you be deemed liable. Usually, insurance companies hire law firms that specialize in defending personal injury lawsuits. Some companies have in-house counsel they use to defend their insured. Unless you are going to counter sue the other driver or you don't have insurance, you are not likely to need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    Oliver Law Office
    Oliver Law Office | Jami Oliver
    If you have automobile insurance, you need to notify your insurance company and they will retain an attorney on your behalf, although normally it is not done unless and/or until a lawsuit is actually filed.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    As long as your vehicle was insured then your insurance company will provide you with a lawyer free of charge if you are sued.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC
    Law Office of Travis Prestwich, PC | Travis Prestwich
    Your insurance company should retain an attorney for you. You should speak to your insurance company before doing anything. You do have the right to hire one yourself if you wish. You should look for one that specializes in defending civil claims.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    LT Pepper Law
    LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
    If you have insurance coverage, the insurance company will defend the action. If the potential injury award goes above your policy limits, you may need an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The Lucky Law Firm, PLC
    The Lucky Law Firm, PLC | Robert Morrison Lucky
    You should get in contact with you automobile liability insurance company as soon as possible and advise them of the accident. Your insurance company is obligated to provide you with an attorney to defend you against any lawsuit filed against you.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Timothy Jones, Attorney at Law
    Timothy Jones, Attorney at Law | Timothy Jones
    Contact your insurance company and they will hire an attorney for you.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates
    Lyle B. Masnikoff and Associates | Lyle B. Masnikoff
    No.You need to call your insurance company who should defend you.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    You want the attorney your insurance company hires for you. If you have no insurance, then you need to hire your own.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Matthew D Kaplan LLC
    Matthew D Kaplan LLC | Matthew D Kaplan
    Hopefully you are insured. Assuming you are insured, your insurance company will supply you with an attorney. If you are concerned that you do not have enough coverage, ask your insurance attorney for a recommendation for an attorney to deal with a potential excess verdict.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Offices of Tom Patton
    Law Offices of Tom Patton | Thomas C. Patton
    Your insurance company will hire a lawyer to represent you and their interests. You don't have any say in who they hire, since they are paying for it.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    ROWE LAW FIRM
    ROWE LAW FIRM | Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink
    Depending upon the severity of the accident (four car fender-bender or four car total with serious injuries) you may not need your own attorney at all. Your automobile insurance company will provide you with a defense under the terms of your policy. If you have low or minimum insurance limits and have property or money you need to protect, you should hire your own attorney. For example, no one who owns a home should have the minimum required insurance-you could lose the equity in your home, depending on how much it is and where you live.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend that you contact your insurance company and hopefully you will get an experienced trial attorney. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/10/2011
    The Torkzadeh Law Firm
    The Torkzadeh Law Firm | Reza Torkzadeh
    You may need to speak with a civil defense attorney. If you have insurance, you may also consider speaking with them regarding the proper course of action. Should there be a claim against you, or a lawsuit filed against you, your insurance company is obligation to hire lawyers to defend you per your insurance contract with them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/19/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Your car insurer will provide you an attorney and coverage for your damages up to the policy limits.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    Report everything to your insurance carrier. If you get sued they will deal with it and they will provide you counsel. That is what you pay premiums for
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
    If you have insurance, your insurer will provide you with an attorney and pay for the attorneys fees.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC
    Law Office of Russell D. Gray, PC | Russell D. Gray
    If you have auto insurance, your insurance company will provide you with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Offices of Steven A. Fink
    Law Offices of Steven A. Fink | Steven Alan Fink
    As long as you reported the accident to your auto insurance they will provide you with an attorney if you get sued. You do not need to hire your own.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry | Ronald Arthur Lowry
    Your insurer is supposed to provide an attorney for you if you get sued. You take the suit papers to your insurer immediately if you get served (usually by a deputy sheriff). You should also report the wreck to your insurer asap if you have not done so already. That said, you may still want to hire your own attorney to monitor what the insurer and the insurance company's paid attorney are doing to be sure to protect your rights. The type of attorney for you to hire is an insurance defense attorney from a firm other than the one hired by your insurer to represent you or a plaintiff attorney. Those two types of lawyers will know all about this kind of situation.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Craig Kelley & Faultless
    Craig Kelley & Faultless | David W. Craig
    You should contact your automobile insurance company immediately. They have a duty to protect you and will assign an adjuster to handle any claims that are made against you. Your insurance company only has a duty to protect you up to your limits of coverage. If you believe that the claims of all of those involved might be worth more than your insurance limits or you know that people were injured seriously or killed then I would recommend that you immediately contact your own attorney in addition to contacting your insurance company. You will need to contact an attorney who is familiar with defending injury cases. This will typically not be a Personal Injury attorney, because they usually limit their practice to representing those who have been injured not those who cause the injury.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Beaver Holt Sternlicht and Courie, P.A.
    Beaver Holt Sternlicht and Courie, P.A. | Mark A. Sternlicht
    You should contact your insurance company. If you need a lawyer, your insurance company will provide one.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Your car insuranace carrier is required to provide you with an attorney and to pay your proven claims up to the limit of your liability coverage. If you are sued, you should send a copy of the papers to your insurance carrier by certified mail.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The S.E. Farris Law Firm
    The S.E. Farris Law Firm | Spencer E. Farris
    Call your car insurance company asap. Your liability coverage will take care of getting you a defense lawyer. If you don't have insurance, you will need a criminal defense lawyer for starters, as driving without insurance is a crime in Missouri- I doubt one would get jail time for a first offense, but you will likely lose your license.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC
    Rose, Senders & Bovarnick, LLC | Paul S. Bovarnick
    your insurer will provide you with an attorney. However, if you are sued for more than the limits of your insurance, you should hire a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases to advise you.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Premier Law Group
    Premier Law Group | Jason Epstein
    Your insurance company will hire an attorney to defend you. If you didn't have insurance then you should look for an attorney who does civil defense.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Judnich Law Office
    Judnich Law Office | Martin W. Judnich
    If you have auto insurance, your insurance company will hire a firm to defend you, free of charge usually.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O.
    The Law Office of Eric R. Chandler, P.C., L.L.O. | Eric R. Chandler
    No, you should contact your auto insurance carrier, and potentially a criminal defense attorney depending on if and what you were cited for.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC | Stephen R. Chesley
    IF you are in a car accident where you are at fault, you will be represented by an attorney designated by your insurance company. There is generally no reason to hire your own attorney. One will be provided for you by your car insurance.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    Just notify your auto insurance carrier. They will assign you a lawyer to defend you.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Langer & Langer
    Langer & Langer | Jon Schmoll
    If you have liability insurance coverage, you should notify your insurance company immediately. Depending on the amount of coverage you have and the severity of the injuries of the people In the other vehicles, you might consider retaining a personal injury attorney to make sure that your insurance company is doing what it should do to resolve the claims against you.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Link & Smith, P.C.
    Link & Smith, P.C. | Houston Smith
    Inform your auto insurance carrier of the accident. They will handle the claims made by the person you hit. If the claims cannot be resolved and suit is filed against you, notify your insurance company that you have been served with a lawsuit and the insurance company will choose and hire a lawyer for you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Harris Personal Injury Lawyer
    Harris Personal Injury Lawyer | Philip C. Alexander
    Contact your auto insurance company. They will provide you an attorney in the event you get sued.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
    Diana K. Zilko, Attorney at Law
    Diana K. Zilko, Attorney at Law | Diana K. Zilko
    If you had auto insurance at the time, they will handle any claims and/or lawsuits that are filed. Just be sure you are in contact with your insurance company about the incident, and forward any lawsuits you are served with.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/9/2011
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