There are many reasons why calling an auto accident attorney after a serious crash can be a good idea, especially if there were injuries involved. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 3 million people are hurt in vehicle accidents every year in the U.S. Many of these injuries result in permanent or lasting damage with medical bills that continue to grow.
Reasons to Hire an Auto Accident Attorney
Calling a lawyer after an accident can be a smart move. If injuries occur from a collision, the injured parties have an option to file a claim. If they decide to proceed, they can either represent themselves or hire an attorney. There are several distinct advantages to retaining a knowledgeable lawyer.
Claims cannot be filed more than once
If an individual decides to file an injury claim with the court, there is only one chance to get a settlement. Individuals who represent themselves often do not have the necessary legal understanding to get the result they deserve or prove that their claim has merit. If the lawsuit is lost, there is no chance to try for a resolution again.
1. Many Attorneys Take Their Fees from The Settlement
In many cases, an auto accident attorney works on a contingency basis, which means that the client does not pay upfront. Instead, the lawyer will only be paid a percentage of the settlement. This method ensures that the lawyers do their very best to get clients the most out of their settlements, and clients are not left in even greater financial hardship if the lawsuit fails. There may be some nominal, required court and filing fees as the case proceeds, but the actual payment for legal services is deferred until the case is complete.
2. Liability Must Be Proved in Court
In order to be eligible for a monetary settlement, defendants must prove liability in court. In other words, the accident must have been caused by some kind of negligence, fault, or malice. An attorney can evaluate whether there is a good chance of proving that a third party is at fault. If there is evidence that liability exists, then a lawyer will be able to more easily gather that evidence and present it convincingly to the court.
3. Attorneys Can Negotiate with Insurance Companies
It can be difficult for individuals to negotiate and work with insurance companies to get the payout they deserve. Lawyers are practiced at working with large companies and can often get through to higher-ups with settlement authority more easily than their clients.
Reach out To an Auto Accident Attorney Today
There are numerous benefits to calling an experienced auto accident attorney, even for a simple consultation. An attorney can let you know whether it is a wise idea to try and proceed with a lawsuit. If the case is promising, they can also then take the necessary steps to help you proceed.
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NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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