Following an auto accident, you may be looking to utilize an auto accident attorney service. However, prior to hiring an attorney, the attorney will have a consultation with you. During this consultation, both you and the lawyer will have the opportunity to learn more about each other and decide if you want to work together on the case. In some cases, an attorney may decide that they do not want to take on your case. Here are three reasons why this may happen.
You Were At Fault For the Accident
In order to have a compensable auto accident claim, the other party must have some fault in the auto accident. If you were solely at fault for the auto accident, an attorney will not be able to assist you. A car accident lawyer will read police reports and witness statements and listen to your account of the accident when determining whether they feel you have a compensable claim and/or how much fault you may have in the accident.
You Did Not Sustain an Injury In the Accident
Another important element to having a compensable auto accident claim is that you must have sustained an injury in the car accident. A personal injury attorney, or car accident attorney, is not able to help you recover money for damage to your automobile or personal property. They help you recover money for injuries. If you have not sustained an injury, they will not be able to assist you.
The Attorney Has a Conflict of Interest
One of the lesser-known reasons why an auto accident attorney may decline to take your case is because the attorney has a conflict of interest. If the attorney is representing the person who hit you in another case, they are friends with the other party, or they are family with the other party, they may not be able to represent you. They need to be able to fairly represent you, and if they know the other party, they may not be able to do that.
The Statute of Limitations Has Expired
The final reason why an auto accident attorney may decline to take on your case is because the statute of limitations has expired. You have a limited amount of time to bring a claim against a person who injured you in a car crash. The time frame varies from state to state. If you fail to file a claim before the statute expires, you give up all rights to file and claim and recover money. An attorney can only help you before the statute of limitations expires.