Reasons to Hire a Lawyer If You’re 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 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? Obviously, there are lots of benefits that a legal expert can offer.
Defense Against the Insurance Company
Note that insurers are always concerned about their bottom line, meaning paying out as little as possible for auto accident injuries. 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. An attorney can surely help you meet these deadlines and prepare all the required paperwork and information.
Legal Resource Access
Lawyers have instant access to expert witnesses – medical professionals, for instance, and others who can give your case a boost. These resources may not be available to you except through them.
Legal Process Education
As we all know, the legal system is extremely complex, and there are plenty of factors to take into account when demanding compensation from a negligent party. In other words, you need someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in order to strengthen your case.
Contingency Fee Arrangement
People usually don’t hire a car accident lawyer because they’re afraid of the costs involved. This means they will get paid only after you recover money, and if your case is unsuccessful, you pay them nothing at all. 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 you have a 25% contingency fee arrangement and you receive $100,000 as compensation for your car accident injuries, your attorney will receive $25,000.
There are states in which percentages shift based on what stage your case is in and the total sum that you recovered. Whether the defendant has or hasn’t responded to your complaint in court is also a factor that can affect the fee. If the case resolves before there is a response from the defendant in court, this percentage is often 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.