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Title: Choosing the Right Car Accident Injury Lawyer


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Choosing the Right Car Accident Injury Lawyer
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Table of Contents
  • Choosing the Right Car Accident Injury Lawyer
  • Who are Car Accident Injury Lawyers?
  • Types of Car Accidents
  • Proving Liability
  • Common Car Accident Injuries
  • Damages that Can Be Claimed
  • Cost of Car Accident Injury Lawyers
  • Choosing a Car Accident Injury Lawyer

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Choosing the Right Car Accident Injury Lawyer
  • Navigating car accident injury law and
    finding a car accident injury lawyer can be a
    daunting undertaking. However, this brief how-to
    guide can greatly simplify the process.
  • Various car accident injury lawyers are
    available in all major US cities. Contact one
    today by phone, email, and handy online form.

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Who are Car Accident Injury Lawyers?
  • Car accident injury lawyers can be contacted
    after an individual has been in a car accident.
    To be eligible for damages, two main criteria
    have to be met. Firstly, the accident must have
    been caused by the other partys negligence, at
    least partially. Secondly, the car accident has
    resulted in serious physical injuries for the
    driver or passengers.

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Types of Car Accidents
  • According to the National Highway Traffic
    Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately one
    third of all car crashes in the United States
    are rear-end collisions. Speed is often a
    contributing factor in these cases.
  • Rear-end collisions are often a result of
    drunk driving, poor road conditions, reckless
    driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving,
    and brake or headlight malfunction.

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Proving Liability
  • Proving liability for collisions can be a
    tricky part of car accident injury law. Luckily,
    car accident injury lawyers can simplify this
    process.
  • Car accident injury lawyers will first look
    to see if a legal duty existed. This means that
    the liable party had a legal duty to ensure the
    safety of other drivers. Secondly, they will see
    if the responsible party failed to exercise their
    legal duty. Thirdly, car accident injury lawyers
    will see if injuries are directly related to the
    other partys negligence. Finally, they will
    determine if financial losses have occurred.

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Common Car Accident Injuries
  • Some examples of the various types of
    physical injuries that individuals can suffer
    during car accidents include broken bones, cuts
    and lacerations, internal bleeding, organ damage,
    paralysis, nerve damage, as well as head, neck,
    and/or spinal injuries.

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Damages that Can Be Claimed
  • Various types of damages can be claimed from
    car accidents, including medical expenses, lost
    wages, physical pain, mental or emotional
    distress, and property damage.

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Cost of Car Accident Injury Lawyers
  • The cost of car accident injury lawyers
    depends on a variety of factors, including
    geographical area, complexity of case, and the
    reputation of the lawyer.
  • In most car accident cases, lawyers do not
    charge a flat fee, as these types of fees are
    often reserved for less complex types of cases.
    However, a flat fee for drafting or responding to
    a demand letter may be charged. This often costs
    approximately 300 to 1,000 USD.
  • Instead of a flat fee, car accident injury
    lawyers often charge what is called a
    contingency fee. This means that the lawyer or
    firm does not get paid unless they win the case
    and money is recovered. They will then take a
    percentage of the car insurance settlement or
    jury verdict.

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  • This contingency fee varies, however, it is
    often 25 to 40. 33 is the standard average rate
    in the United States. The fee often depends on if
    the case is settled or goes to court. Cases
    settled before court often have lower contingency
    fees. If the case proceed to trial, the fee rises
    to up to 40.
  • Car accident firms often take care of all up
    front court costs and litigation expenses. These
    will be deducted from the final judgment or
    settlement.
  • In addition to a contingency fee, some car
    accident lawyers may also charge an initial
    retainer fee. This amount will be subtracted from
    the percentage due to the lawyer at the end of
    the case.
  • Many firms also offer free consultations.

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Choosing a Car Accident Injury Lawyer
  • Asking friends, family, and coworkers for
    recommendations is one way to find the perfect
    car accident injury lawyer.
  • Talk to previously clients and ask for
    referrals. Ensure that the lawyer is experienced
    and licensed.
  • Know the fees before signing a contract or
    committing to a lawyer.
  • Check the car accident injury lawyers
    standing with their bar association. Make sure
    that they are a part of a bar association. If
    they are not, do not consider them as an option.

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  • Check their track record. Does the lawyer
    have more wins than losses?
  • Look for a lawyer with is a clear
    communicator, someone who makes it easy to
    understand the complex aspects of injury law. In
    addition, a good lawyer should be interested in
    ones case and be able to hold an engaging
    conversation. Their office should be organized,
    reflecting their professionalism. They should
    also be willing to provide references. If they
    are not willing to provide a list of clients to
    call, this should serve as a red flag.
  • Various car accident injury lawyers are
    available throughout the United States to help
    individuals understand accident law. Do not
    hesitate to contact one today.

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  • Contact Local Attorney
  • James Otto Heiting
  • https//www.heitingandirwin.com/meet-our-attorneys
    /james-otto-heiting/
  • Heiting Irwin, APLC
  • 6216 Brockton Ave., Suite 111
  • Riverside, CA 92506
  • Phone 951-682-6400
  • Fax 951-682-4072
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