Car accidents can cause unexpected personal injury and property damage, and in most cases, those who are involved in the accident need an attorney. You might be someone who has suffered losses and physical pain owing to someone's mistake, or worst still, the other party may accuse you of the mishap. Regardless of the situation, a good auto accident attorney can help you in getting justice. Here are some of the things you need to know.
Do I need a lawyer?
Auto accidents are pretty common, and in the US, most of the personal injury claims are related to such accidents. Smaller issues like property damages can be resolved with the help of the insurance adjuster, but in case of accidents that involve any form of physical injury or fatality, a car accident attorney is required. If the accident has caused unexpected financial strain, the lawyer will help in getting the right compensation, which will assist in covering medical bills and lost wages. In some cases, a part of the car repair bills is paid for by the other party, especially if the other party is found to be at fault, for issues like DUI and speeding.
How to find a car accident attorney?
The simplest idea is to ask around. Most people, including your friends, neighbors, and colleagues, will have a few references, which can be handy. If you don't have that choice, always check online to find listings. Most law firms have their websites, where you can find details and relevant aspects related to their lawyers and staff. Do NOT delay in seeking help, because when you have an experienced car accident attorney, he will take the necessary steps that may help to turn the case in your favor. Basically, the initial period and aftermath of the accident are significant.
What to look for?
When you hire a car accident attorney, there are a few essential aspects that you must consider. First, is the lawyer experienced? If he says yes, then how many such cases has he won or taken to trial? Secondly, does the lawyer have the time for the case? If not, you wouldn't want a junior attorney to take your case? Does he suggest out of court settlement or trial? Depending on the facts of the case, he should be able to give you an explanation of the possible outcomes. He will also guide you through the steps of the entire case and may ask you to write down the facts.
How much should you pay?
Most car accident attorneys accept these cases on a contingent fee basis. In simplest terms, their fee will be a percentage of the settlement, if they win the case. In most situations, they will charge either one-third or 40% of the settlement. If the lawyer does not win, he will charge a fee that will be mentioned in the fee agreement. It is important that you ask questions in advance related to the fee structure, along with any additional charges.
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