It’s estimated that every driver on the road will experience at least 3-4 auto accidents in their lifetime, based on overall rates of collisions and an increasing number of vehicles on the road.
The good news is that the number of fatal accidents overall appear to be declining, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But there are still plenty of collisions taking place for all sorts of reasons, including distracted drivers, impaired drivers, poor road conditions, and even mechanical failure.
So if you happen to be in an accident this year, what do you do?
According to the team at Brad Johnson Injury Law, first make sure everyone gets assessed for injuries. Even if someone says they feel fine initially, a check-up is recommended since some injuries may take a while to show up, especially after the initial adrenalin rush fades.
The second thing is to find a car accident lawyer to represent you, even if you’re not sure if you’re partially at fault. Do this before signing anything insurance-related.
A team of skilled car accident lawyers can help navigate a complex insurance and legal system that you may be unfamiliar with. They can also focus on getting you compensation to help with the expected costs of your accident, such as repairs, medical care, physical therapy, alternate transportation and other disruptions in your life.
Reasons for charges
If you’re worried about not being able to afford a car accident lawyer, don’t be. Many firms or individual legal offices may charge a contingency fee rather than an hourly charge or retainer for accidents, which means they’ll only get paid if you get paid. If you’re successful, they’ll receive a certain percentage of any settlement or award.
Typically, many firms charge 33.3 percent. The team at Brad Johnson Injury Law charges 25 percent for routine cases, but this amount can increase if a case requires going to court.
Every attorney may have a slightly different fee schedule based on a variety of criteria.
This can include how severe the accident was. A case that involves multiple injuries, multiple factors, multiple parties and multiple insurance companies may require more skill and cost to look into.
Their experience level may play a role. Every lawyer potentially should know how to defend an accident. But some personal injury firms may have more familiarity with these types of cases – including a better success rate in negotiating with other firms and insurance companies, as well as working with law enforcement.
Plus, a car accident lawyer can point out potential costs stemming from an accident that they can help with:
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy
- Court fees
- Hospital/doctor fees
- Changes in your life
An accident can be a scary situation, especially if injuries are involved and other parties are aggressive. The team at Brad Johnson Injury Law will be happy to offer a free consultation to learn about your situation and explain what services they can provide.