What can I expect from a car accident attorney?
The legal process involving personal injuries from accidents is complicated and overwhelming. A car accident attorney will act as your advocate when dealing with insurance companies and in court if needed. You can expect your lawyer to provide you with sound legal advice so you can receive the highest possible compensation for your injuries. Even in minor injury cases, those who retain legal counsel get higher settlements than those who do not.
Is there a difference between an auto accident lawyer and one who handles motorcycle and truck accidents?
An experienced accident attorney has the knowledge and skills to handle all injury equally cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians. Our lawyers are dedicated to handling all facets of motor vehicle injury law.
How is liability determined in an accident?
Carelessness determines fault. All drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with care according to traffic laws for the safety of their passengers and other motorists. When drivers neglect this duty, they are partially or fully at fault for an accident.
Can I be held liable if my car was rear-ended?
The driver that hit you is usually at fault in rear-end collisions. In chain reaction accidents, the driver in the last vehicle is at fault.
What is Negligence?
Negligence encompasses many facets. Essentially, it means a failure to follow traffic laws or performing an act that causes a collision. Examples of negligence include failure to yield, running a stop sign, driving too fast for weather conditions, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle.
How much does hiring an auto accident lawyer cost?
When you work with The Ledger Law Firm, you pay nothing. We work on a contingency basis, meaning we will take a percentage of your settlement only if we win your case. Working with a car accident injury law firm that has the financial ability to bear all upfront costs is an important consideration, as this capability indicates commitment and success in pursuing maximum economic recovery.
How do I know if I have a case?
If you experienced injuries in any type of accident because of another’s negligence, you can file a legal claim to collect compensation. When you work with an accident attorney, your legal professional will examine the incident’s circumstances, determine your options and consult with you on the best route for your case.
What should I expect during the initial consultation with a car accident attorney?
During your initial consultation, your lawyer will want a general understanding of your case and injuries. Expect a lot of questions detailing the accident’s circumstances and how you sustained injuries. You’ll need to provide information on your employment, medical history, and any lost wages resulting from the collision. Your lawyer should also explain personal injury laws and the requirements for fulfilling your claim. You should also receive information about expenses and fees.
What does my auto accident lawyer need to pursue my claim?
You should provide your attorney with as many details as possible about the accident. Among the information you should provide are;
- Copies of police reports
- Bills and receipts related to the accident
- Doctor and hospital paperwork related to treatment
- Discharge instructions and any other pertinent medical information
What are the typical damages recovered in an accident claim?
Many claims will recover monetary damages for medical expenses, living expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish. A car accident insurance policy’s bodily injury liability portion typically pays for more minor claims. Victims can also file a lawsuit in court for injuries sustained from a more severe accident.
Several factors determine the level of compensation you may receive. These include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Level of disability, if applicable
How much is my motorcycle accident case worth?
Motorcycle accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries because the rider does not have the same protection afforded by other vehicles, such as cars or trucks. In addition, they typically sustain multiple injuries to their legs and hips because of the angle and height at which they are hit. Settlements involving motorcycles can be exceptionally high because of the extent of victims’ injuries.
Who is responsible for my truck accident?
Many different parties may be responsible for an accident involving a commercial truck. The at-fault driver is only one person who may be liable. A truck accident claim can cite other associated parties such as the trucking company, broker, shipper, parts manufacturers, mechanics responsible for maintaining the truck and many others, depending on the circumstances of the mishap.
Will I need to go to court to get a settlement?
Most car accident cases do not head immediately to court. Many cases never reach court, as most clients prefer to get a settlement with the at-fault party and their insurance company without having to file a lawsuit. Avoiding potential stress and considerable time involved in a case is just as important as the settlement itself.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Plaintiffs must file a legal claim according to the state’s statute of limitations. In [STATE], you have two years from the date of your truck accident, motorcycle accident or car accident to file your claim.
Why shouldn’t I accept the insurance company’s initial settlement?
Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, so they don’t have your best interests in mind. They know accident victims need money to pay medical bills and living expenses. Accepting the initial settlement is tempting, but the first several offers are usually too low. Let your attorney handle negotiations so you can get what you deserve.
If you have recently suffered from an auto accident and want mental peace while fighting for your rights, you can contact The Ledger Law Firm attorneys at (800) 300-0001 for a 100% Free Case Evaluation.