Why You Need a Lawyer as 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 have to collect information, seek medical help, call your insurance company, talk to witnesses, take pictures of the incident, and so on.
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? Without a doubt, there are several benefits that you can only get from a legal expert.
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)
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. A lawyer can certainly help you meet such deadlines while preparing the necessary 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 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. Therefore, you need somebody with expert knowledge and experience to strengthen your chance at a successful resolution.
Contingency Fee Arrangement
A lot of people skip hiring a car accident lawyer because they think they can’t afford the fees and all. In reality, these attorneys often charge clients a “contingency fee. 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. The fee can also depend on whether or not the defendant has responded to your complaint in court. Should the case settle prior to a response from the defendant in court, this percentage is generally 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.