Why Accident Victims Need an Auto Accident Law Firm
The screech of breaks. That split second when the world goes completely quiet. And then the unmistakable sounds of impact and crumpling metal that only a car accident can make. Few things are worse than a car accident. It can have a significant, sometimes devastating, effect on your life and/or the lives of your loved ones. The more serious the accident, the more severe the consequences. If you or someone you care about has recently been involved in a car crash, it may be time to seriously consider hiring an auto accident law firm.
Why You Need an Auto Accident Law Firm
Insured drivers often think they don’t need a lawyer if they have experienced an accident, believing that their insurance carrier will handle the claim and put a lawyer on the case if settlement negotiations break down. An insurance claims adjuster will work with you on managing your accident claim, but he or she may make maximum recovery (or minimal loss) a priority. Why? Because the adjuster doesn’t really work for you. He or she works for the insurer, whose primary responsibility is to maximize profits for shareholders, not get you a large settlement.
An auto accident law firm, on the other hand, doesn’t have any potential conflicts of interest because it only answers to one you. When your life has been turned upside down by an auto accident, you need someone who will be on your side and provide you with sound legal advice. A lawyer will help you keep your life in order by doing the heavy lifting of dealing with insurance carriers, health care providers, perhaps your employer and maybe even the body shop.
Choosing the Right Auto Accident Firm
Not all law firms are created equal. Before you place the your financial well-being and peace of mind in the hands of an auto accident firm, be sure you are comfortable that lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to adequately protect your interests, preserve your rights and pursue the remedies available to you. Make sure you ask about:
- Years in auto accident practice and number of cases
- Win/loss percentage
- Number of cases settled/taken to trial
- Win percentage at trial
- Size of staff that will be working on your case
- Contingency agreement/responsibility for costs
- Anticipated outcome and size of recovery
- Weaknesses of your case and potential downside