When you have been in an automobile accident, there is bound to be damage to the vehicles and quite possibly injury to people who were in them. While you and the other driver have insurance to pay any expenses incurred from the accident, it doesn't always work that way. Not only do insurance policies have limitations on how much they will pay for each accident, they sometimes underestimate the actual costs. Having an auto accident attorney help you through the process of filing your claim and any ensuing investigation is the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Here are a few things to consider when looking for your legal representation.
While any lawyer can handle any legal matter, they tend to specialize in one area of law. Generally, auto accidents will fall under the personal injury specialty. However, when you start searching, you want to find those who take the specialization even further. Find an attorney who works strictly with automobile crashes. You may find one at a law firm that handles all personal injury cases. These attorneys have worked with most of the insurance companies and will have a good idea of how to proceed with the claim so that you get a fair settlement, quite possibly without the need to go to trial.
It may not seem fair to skip over all the new lawyers who are trying to get started but have no experience. However, the more experience your legal counsel has with motor vehicle accidents, the quicker things will proceed and the quicker you will receive your compensation. In addition, experienced lawyers have a much better understanding of all the different aspects of the case, from getting your car repaired to making sure you receive proper and adequate medical care.
Most auto accident attorneys do not ask for any upfront payments. They work for you with the intent on receiving payment once the case is settled. At your first, free consultation be sure to get all the facts and details on what their fees will be. Usually, it will be a percentage of your settlement. However, make sure that that percentage covers everything. You do not want to be surprised with a legal bill after the settlement percentage has been paid for things like the filing of documents, paying for an assistant to do some research, or anything else.
If you have been injured in a car crash, you need to spend all your energy healing. If there were no injuries, but damage to the car, you need to be sure you will still have transportation. You could let the insurance companies take care of everything for you, but you will get faster and better results with the right auto accident attorney on your side. Reach out to firms like Speers Reuland & Cibulskis, P.C. for more information.