The majority of personal injury claims in the U.S. stem from motor vehicle accidents. Accidents that result in minor vehicle damage can be managed through direct contact with an insurance company. However, car accidents that involve physical harm or significant devastation to the motor vehicle requires the legal representation of an attorney; specifically one that specializes in vehicular accidents. A car accident attorney will help you get compensation to cover any and all losses acquired from the accident.
The best time to hire a car accident attorney is sooner rather than later. This will help to avoid any costly mistakes due to immediate medical bills and lost wages. It’s recommended that an attorney be contacted within one to two weeks after the accident. Never come to a settlement with the insurance company before approaching an attorney.
Finding a qualified car accident lawyer is as simple as using an online directory. Referrals from family and friends is another safe way to find a certified lawyer. When looking for a car accident lawyer, it’s best to focus on the lawyer’s skill level, experience, and fee structure. It’s equally important that you background check and inquire references before making a final decision on a lawyer.
Most car accident lawyers will be accepted on a “no win-no pay” basis. This means that you only have to pay the lawyer’s fees if he or she wins the case. This involves the lawyer getting a percentage of the personal injury award, usually around 40 percent of the total award. It’s important to note that you may still be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses associated with your case. Because of this it is wise to prepare a list of questions when meeting with a lawyer. Suggested questions would be:
• How are your fees structured?
• What out-of-pocket expenses am I responsible for?
• What is a typical settlement range for accident cases similar to mine?