By Darwin F. Johnson on April 17th, 2015 in Atlanta Accident Law
A car accident can shatter lives. When you’re involved in one, you need to make sure that you act quickly to protect your interests. Finding a professional car accident lawyer will help you greatly in the same. You do need to make sure that the lawyer you find is the right one for your needs. Try these questions to make sure.
How does the lawyer get paid?
Many good car accident lawyers work on spec, or on contingent basis — they get paid by taking 30% or so out of the compensation that you eventually win; they make little if they win you little, and nothing if they don’t win at all. Others, though, charge a fee regardless of the outcome of the case. Before you sign up, you want to make sure that the lawyer works on contingent basis.
What kind of court fees and costs are involved?
Lawyers who get paid on contingent basis only offer their services in this fashion; they don’t spend anything upfront. If there are court fees and costs to pay, you will usually pay it yourself. You need to make sure that you can afford it.
How good is your case?
Not every accident is someone’s fault. Even if an at-fault party is readily available, winning damages isn’t a foregone conclusion. You need to prove that you have suffered as a result of the accident. You should establish with your lawyer that your case satisfies both requirements.
Whom should you sue?
Suing the driver of the other car may seem like the only option available; a good lawyer will know, though, that it won’t always help. The driver may have insufficient insurance or assets to pay you with. If the driver was driving for an employer at the time of the accident, though, suing the employer could make more financial sense.
How much time do you have?
Every state has a statute of limitations — the length of time that you legally have to bring a lawsuit. You should ask your professional Atlanta car accident lawyer. Atlanta residents need to act within two years of any accident in most cases.
How much do you stand to win?
The more the accident causes you to lose, the more you will stand to win. A lot will depend on what your earnings are. If you make a huge salary, your damages for lost wages will be significant; if you make minimum wage, on the other hand, you won’t win much for lost wages.
Should you settle or should you sue?
You need to determine whether you wish to accept payment from the defendant in exchange for dropping your right to sue, or go ahead with the whole legal process in court. Settling can save both parties the hassle. You need to talk to your lawyer about whether going to court is likely to prove to be more profitable or morally more satisfying than settling.