In most cases you do not need to rush and hire the first lawyer who contacts you or that you see on t.v. If you have a serious accident case, you need to “do your homework” before hiring a lawyer. Think of it in these terms: if you were building a house, wouldn’t you research your builder before hiring him? Hiring the wrong lawyer because you’re “in a rush” is sometimes worse than hiring no lawyer.
However, you should not sit back and wait to do your research on lawyers because in some situations you may need a good lawyer to represent you from the beginning in order to preserve critical evidence or to even deal with the media and the press.