A car accident lawyer’s primary role is obtaining compensation. They also defend a client’s rights and fulfill other case-related duties, such as:
- Gathering evidence
- Filing your claim/lawsuit
- Handling all communications with the insurance company
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Advocating for you in court
A car accident lawyer’s help can benefit you after a car accident. You should focus on your recovery while we do all the heavy lifting.
Specific Duties of a Car Accident Lawyer
“Winning compensation” describes a car accident lawyer’s goal. To reach that goal, a car accident lawyer may:
Communicate with Insurance Companies on Your Behalf
Insurance companies are usually involved in car accidents. One or all parties in an accident may have auto insurance. A car accident lawyer will deal with insurers regardless of the case outcome.
Protect the Client From Insurance Companies
The typical insurance company has serious resources—lawyers, finances, a fleet of employees, and industry knowledge. These companies can coax victims into quick, cheap settlements.
They may even convince the victim to admit fault where there is none. In dealing with insurance companies, the car accident lawyer is protecting the client.
Investigate the Accident, Gather Evidence, and Document Losses
A car accident lawyer may hire investigators. Those investigators may:
- Photograph injuries and property damage
- Gather video evidence
- Obtain witness accounts
- Secure any other relevant evidence
Evidence may reveal the cause of your accident. It may also prove negligence by one or more defendants. Your lawyer will also identify and document your accident-related losses. Proof of your losses may include:
- Medical records and bills
- Proof of income prior to your accident
- Notes from a mental health professional
- Bills for property repair or replacement
- Testimony from witnesses of your losses
A lawyer will build the strongest possible case for their client. Evidence and documentation are crucial components of any case.
Draft and File Claims and Lawsuits
A car accident lawyer does the behind-the-scenes work in a car accident case. Drafting claims and lawsuits, completing supporting documents, and making phone calls are some of a lawyer’s day-to-day duties.
These are time-consuming but important aspects of a claim or lawsuit.
Negotiate a Settlement or Go to Trial
Your lawyer may explore an insurance settlement first. Such settlements do not always work for car accident victims, though. Insurance policies may provide too little coverage, or insurance companies may not negotiate fairly.
A pre-trial settlement may be the next option. Your lawyer may secure compensation from liable parties without a trial. As the last option, your lawyer may go to trial. They may receive a favorable judgment from a jury.
What Compensation Will a Car Accident Lawyer Seek for You?
A car accident lawyer should seek total coverage of your losses. The type of awards they pursue and the total amount they seek will depend on your losses.
Your settlement or judgment may cover:
- Ambulance transportation from the accident site
- Emergency medical care
- Hospital-specific expenses
- Follow-up medical care
- Medical imaging services
- Lost income
- Diminished earning power
- Pain and suffering
- Treatment for your pain and suffering
- The loss of a loved one
A fatal car accident may warrant a wrongful death case. Your relationship to the deceased will dictate your recoverable losses. Damages may include lost companionship, lost parental guidance, lost financial support, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a significant damage in wrongful death cases. The loss of a loved one may warrant a substantial recovery.
Who Pays in a Car Accident Case?
Negligent parties are generally responsible for a car accident. Negligent acts that can contribute to a car accident include:
- Driving while drunk or on drugs
- Overserving alcohol to someone who will be driving
- Weaving through traffic
- Changing lanes dangerously
- Ignoring traffic signals
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while tired
Motorists are often defendants in car accident cases—not always, though. Other parties can be liable for car accidents. Someone who creates or allows dangerous road conditions may be liable. Manufacturers may be liable for vehicle or component defects.
Some defendants are responsible for the acts of a negligent party. An employer may owe you compensation if their employee caused your accident, for example.
The Cost of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer
You can hire a car accident lawyer from our firm at no upfront cost. You also never pay out of pocket. We take our fees from your settlement or court award. You pay nothing if you do not receive a financial award.*
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