Reasons to Hire a Lawyer If You’re a Car Accident Victim
In the unfortunate event that you become a victim of a vehicular accident, there are a few issues you must look into right after the incident. You need to get information and medical attention, talk to your insurance company, get details from witnesses, take pictures, etc.
However, in terms of the legal issues involved in the car accident, hiring a car accident attorney is the best thing you can do. And why, you may ask? Obviously, there are lots of benefits that a legal expert can offer.
Defense Against the Insurance Company
Remember that insurance firms are always watching their bottom line, which means paying as small amounts as possible for any injuries obtained in auto accident cases. A lawyer can help you get the maximum compensation warranted.
Proper Handling of the Legal Process (Especially Evidence)
Car accident cases come with a statute of limitations that tells you how long after the accident you can file a claim as a victim. An attorney can surely help you meet these deadlines and prepare all the required paperwork and information.
Access to Legal Resources
Lawyers have easy access to expert witnesses, such as medical professionals and others who can help your case. These are resources that could be otherwise unavailable to you.
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. In reality, these attorneys often charge clients a “contingency fee. 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 with a 30% contingency fee arrangement in a case where you recover $80,000, you will pay the lawyer $24,000.
In some states, percentages can shift, depending on the stage of your case and how much money you recover. The fee can also depend on whether or not the defendant has responded to your complaint in court. If the case resolves before there is a response from the defendant in court, this percentage is often lower. But if settlement happens after the defendant has formally answered your complaint, or if the case actually proceeds to trial and a jury has reached a verdict, the allowed percentage may increase.