With millions of vehicles on the road it is simply inevitable that there will be some accidents. Most car accidents are relatively minor and do not cause any long term injuries. Drivers are generally insured and the latter is sorted out fairly easily. However, some accidents involve multiple cars and it is not always clear who is at fault. To complicate this there are uninsured people on the road and if your accident involves one of these people it can quickly become very complicated.
A car accident lawyer is someone who specializes in dealing with car accident and the subsequent claims. A good lawyer will have experience in dealing with the various insurance companies and have a good knowledge of the law; enabling them to know which laws apply and which cases should be referenced as having similar precedents.
Generally a car accident lawyer will not charge an upfront fee for their services; they will assess your case before agreeing to take it on and will then set their charge as a percentage of the compensation amount. This keeps the upfront cost down for you and ensures they will do their best to win you compensation.
At the time of the accident it may seem unnecessary to employ the services of a car accident lawyer; however, it is almost always a good idea as they can offer a great deal of support and assistance:
In the days and even weeks after the accident you are likely to have many questions, such as can you claim for lost wages or items which were in your vehicle. A good lawyer will have run through these issues with you before they even occur to you. They will be able to offer help and advice, both regarding the finer details of a claim and whether you have a claim or not.
A good car accident lawyer has a high level of knowledge regarding the procedures and processes which are relevant to your case. They will also be aware of any time constraints regarding when you need to file specific documents by. Their knowledge will ensure that you are able to fight the insurance companies; this is something that can be difficult as an individual as you may not have the clout to take them on.
The car accident lawyer will assemble all the necessary paperwork and ensure that all issues are covered before putting a settlement letter together and sending it to the insurance company. This is a time consuming process and it is essential to get it right to have the best possible chance of gaining a satisfactory settlement.
Your lawyer will deal with all the necessary issues and the relevant authorities and businesses to ensure you gain the right outcome. This removes the stress and strain during what is already a traumatic time and allow you to focus on what is important; your recovery. This is especially important if you have been seriously injured in the accident or the case is particularly complicated, involving several vehicles and disputed blame.