As you are reading this blog post, many months – or even years – may have passed since your car accident. On top of this, because time has passed since your car accident you may no longer have all of your records from the car accident. You may be asking yourself: is it too late to hire an attorney for my car accident?

We will discuss this question in this post! Let’s get right into it.

Is it Too Late To Hire A Car Accident Attorney?

The quick answer is that it is usually not too late to hire a car accident attorney. While many months (or longer!) have passed since your car accident, car accident attorneys will know how to put your case together.

Now, this not an excuse to sit on your rights. There are many reasons why you need to act quickly after your car accident. For example, if you have waited too long to hire a car accident attorney, you might not be able to find witnesses, video footage, or other important evidence to prove your case. So, it may be tougher to prove your case if you have waited to contact a car accident attorney.

But, your car accident attorney should be able to build your case many months after your car accident.

Is It Ever Too Late To Call A Car Accident Attorney?

Yes, depending on how long you have waited, it might be too late for a car accident attorney to help you.

In Florida, you have 4 years to file a lawsuit for your car accident. If the accident involves a wrongful death, you have 2 years to file a lawsuit.

Importantly, these are firm deadlines that cannot be extended absent highly unusual circumstances.

So, if too much time has passed it may be too late to pursue your car accident claim.

How will a car accident lawyer help me?

A car accident attorney will help you in many ways.

First, a car accident will identify and gather the evidence needed to prove your case. This includes getting witness statements, medical records, photographs, and other helpful evidence. Further, a car accident attorney will help determine what insurance coverage – if any – may provide coverage for your claim and injuries.

Second, a car accident attorney will send a demand letter on your behalf and attempt to settle your case without a lawsuit. If your car accident cannot settle your case, then he or she will file a lawsuit.

Third, a car accident attorney will help you get compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. Car accident attorneys will help you determine the value of your claim and make sure you receive fair and just compensation.

Importantly, there are many other steps a car accident attorney will take to prove your case. However, these are some of the most important steps a car accident attorney will take to help you on the road to recovery.

Have You Ever Helped A Car Accident Victim Years After An Accident?


My clients, a husband and wife, were involved in a car accident. Initially, they decided to represent themselves thinking it would save them money.

For 3 years, they negotiated with the insurance company. But, their efforts did not get them very far. In response, the insurance company offered little money.

Thankfully, they decided to call me. I began to work on their case.

In a few months time, I was able to get their claims settled for approximately 4 times more than what the insurance company offered them. The clients were very happy with the outcome!

Notably, the clients did a great job of retaining relevant evidence. Had they not done so, the outcome may have been different.

Importantly, every case is different and unique.  Results will vary based on the facts of each case. A successful outcome in one case will not lead to a successful outcome in another case.

Barthelette Law – Florida Car Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident, contact us today at (561) 246-4137. All consultations are free and confidential.

Drive safely!