Car accidents can bee traumatic, stressful, and frightening. In the direct aftermath of an accident, the first thing you should be thinking about is ensuring your physical safety and accessing any emergency medical care that you might need.
Once that’s taken care of, you should consider whether or not you will need an attorney. Many car accident cases will ultimately require you to hire an attorney. If your car accident is one of those cases, it is best to pursue legal help right away. The sooner an attorney gets involved with a case, the more the attorney can help.
No. Strictly speaking, it is not legally required to hire an attorney at all: it is simply recommended if you want the best outcome in a given case.
Even in those terms, there are some types of car accident cases that you may be able to handle on your own. These are usually very minor cases, such as small fender benders, in which there was no real injury and no serious property damage. They are usually very straightforward, uncomplicated, and undisputed cases in which there is no disagreement about what happened, who was at fault, and how much money ought to change hands. Moreover, they are usually cases in which both parties are sufficiently insured, and both insurance companies are cooperating with paying out the relevant claims.
It is possible to handle those sorts of very simple cases on your own, without hiring an attorney. However, those cases represent a small minority of car cases in general. Most cases are more complicated than that, and the more complicated they get, the more vulnerable you are without an attorney.