How a Lawyer Makes a Difference for a Car Accident Victim
Should you ever become a victim of a motor vehicle accident, there are some considerations you have to make immediately after the crash. You have to gather information, get medical help, speak to your insurer, find witnesses and get more information, take photographs as evidence, and more.
But when it comes to the legal issues affecting the car accident, nothing is more important than hiring an auto accident lawyer. For what reason? Clearly, there are near-countless benefits you can get from a legal professional.
Defense Against the Insurance Company
Keep in mind that insurance companies are always protecting their own bottom line, which means paying out as little they can for car accident claims. A lawyer can help you get the maximum compensation warranted.
Proper Handling of the Legal Process (Especially Evidence)
Auto accident cases have a statute of limitations dictating the allowed timeframe (beginning from the date of the accident) for you, as a victim, to file a claim. A lawyer can definitely help you meet such deadlines and handle necessary paperwork and information properly.
Access to Legal Resources
Lawyers have quick access to expert witnesses – for example, medical professionals, and others who will be able to bolster case. These are resources that might not be available to you without their help.
Legal Process Education
As you may know, the legal system is complicated, and there are several issues to look into when seeking compensation from a car accident injury. In other words, you need someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in order to strengthen your case.
Contingency Fee Arrangement
Many people forgo hiring a car accident attorney for fear that they cannot afford the cost. “Fact is, in most cases, car accident lawyers will charge on a “contingency basis.” This means you will pay them after you receive your compensation, and if you don’t, you pay them nothing. The percentage you pay the lawyer depends on certain limits imposed by the state (which also varies from one state to another), but this would be around 25% to 40% of the total sum you get. So if your contingency fee arrangement is 30% and you recovered $100,000 for your car accident injuries, $30,000 will go to your lawyer.
Some states have changing percentages based on the stage of your case and the sum of money you receive. Whether the defendant has or hasn’t responded to your complaint in court is also a factor that can affect the fee. Should the case settle prior to a response from the defendant in court, this percentage is generally lower. However, if a settlement is reached after the defendant sent a formal reply or if the case gets to trial, the allowed percentage can still go up.