Why You Need a Lawyer as 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 collect information, seek medical help, call your insurance company, talk to witnesses, take pictures of the incident, and so on.
However, when you talk about the legal aspect of the car accident, few are more important than working with an auto accident attorney. And why, you may ask? Obviously, there are lots of benefits that a legal expert can offer.
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 certainly help you meet such deadlines while preparing the necessary 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 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
A lot of people skip hiring a car accident lawyer because they think they can’t afford the fees and all. 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 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. In case you reach a settlement before the defendant has answered your complaint in court, this fee will probably be lower. However, if you reach a settlement after the defendant has formally responded to the complaint or if the case is already in court by that time, the allowed percentage can be raised.