Car accidents are an unfortunate part of our 21st century life that some people will have to deal with at one point in time or another. For some people, it might even unfortunately happen several times. Just about anyone can find themselves involved in a car accident, even if they don’t own or drive a car, or even if they were not riding in one.
That’s not to say that every car accident is fatal or that all of them are serious. Oftentimes, it might be something as simple as a fender bender, a small scratch on the side, or a broken side mirror. Unfortunately of course, there are also times when a car accident is major, and leads to serious injury or disability, and sadly, death as well.
With these more serious types of accidents that results in bodily injuries, after such injuries have been treated and the individual is well enough to do so, it is often a good idea to speak with a car accident lawyer to help you determine what, if any compensation may be due to you for any damages caused you by the accident.
What Options Are Available To You After An Accident
In the event that only your car was damaged in the accident and no bodily harm came to you, then it might simply be a matter of letting the insurance company do their work and fix your car. But where there is personal injury involved and if it is determined that the accident was as a result of someone else’s fault or negligence, then you very likely will be able to file a lawsuit against the guilty party and claim damages, which would be used to foot any medical bills and compensate for any suffering and inconvenience you encounter in the intervening period after the accident.
A car accident lawyer is basically a personal injury lawyer that specializes in car accidents. He or she will have all the necessary credentials, training and experience in general personal injury law, but with a specific emphasis on car accident law. After reviewing all the facts of the case, such an attorney will be in a very good position to determine if your case has merit, and will let you know early on in your consultation if he or she thinks you should proceed or not with filing a claim.
While it is a known fact that lawyer fees can be quite high, a growing trend among lawyers, especially with regards to personal injury cases, is to have a no-win-no-fee policy. In other words, you don’t get to pay any consultation or lawyer fee unless and until they win the case for you. And if they don’t win, then you don’t get to pay a dime. So you can be quite certain that if an attorney agrees to take your case on this no-win-no-fee principle, then they are quite confident they can secure a win for you, or else they won’t get paid and would have spent all that time and energy for “nothing.”
Finding And Choosing A Car Accident Lawyer
So if or when you do indeed start the process of looking for a car accident lawyer, keep in mind that winning your claim is the ultimate goal, and any conversation you have with an attorney should be based off this. You should therefore try to find a lawyer that has handled and won a good number of cases similar to yours, and also someone who is passionate about helping people who’ve been injured in an accident.
Of course any attorney will always prefer not to go to trial, and at such will try and get the respondents to agree to settle the claim out of court. But in the event that they refuse to payout the claim figure of the plaintiff, then the case may inevitably go to trial, at which point any good car accident lawyer worth his or her salt will be able to prepare your case, file the necessary court papers, argue your case and present evidence in court. And anything in-between that needs to be done to get the job done.
Wanting to hire a personal injury lawyer is the easy part. Actually finding one that you can work with is the hard part. With the vast array of choices of lawyers and law firms available to anyone at the click of a button, an individual will perhaps be faced with the problem of which attorney to chose from a pool of many.
Perhaps one of the most important things to look out for when choosing a personal injury lawyer to handle your car accident claim, is actually choosing one that specializes in car accident law. Such a lawyer should not only be licensed and registered, but should also possess the requisite skill and experience. Exploring the website of their attorney, visiting their website, visiting their office and asking to speak to some of their past clients are some of the other things that you can do to get a sense of how well you can work with your chosen attorney.
Remember that one of the factors that may help you win your case is having a good relationship with your lawyer, so be sure that he or she is someone you can have a good working relationship with.