Reasons to Hire a Lawyer If You’re a Car Accident Victim
Should you ever be involved in a car accident as a victim, there are some things must do right 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. And why, you may ask? Without a doubt, there are several benefits that you can only get from a legal expert.
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. With a lawyer by your side, you can prove that you deserve maximum compensation.
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 definitely help you meet such deadlines and handle necessary paperwork and information properly.
Access to Legal Resources
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. Hence, you need someone with professional knowledge and experience so you can have a strong chance at a positive resolution.
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.
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.