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A car accident lawyer helps you recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit if you are hurt in an accident or a wrongful death lawsuit if someone you love passes away because of an accident. By utilizing their knowledge of local and federal traffic laws, a skilled lawyer will accurately value your damages to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

The Fundamentals of a Car Accident Lawyer’s Work

A car accident lawyer will evaluate your case and explain the legal options available to you. They’ll handle all of the paperwork, secure required evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and take the case to trial if needed to help you secure compensation for your pain and suffering.

When you consult with a car accident lawyer, they’ll evaluate the strengths of your case based on local and federal laws and determine potential liable parties you can sue for damages. Both economic and non-economic damages will be valued accurately to get you every single dollar you deserve.

Car accident lawyers understand that solid evidence is the basis of every personal injury claim. They’ll know precisely what relevant evidence will best support your case to establish liability. Car accident attorneys move quickly to secure all of the evidence, including dashcam footage, accident reports, witness statements, medical records, and opinions from accident reconstruction specialists to create a sound legal foundation for your claim.

The facts and circumstances for every car accident are unique. As such, you require personalized legal advice tailored to your specific needs. Car accident attorneys will be considerate of your unique situation and base their legal strategy around that to provide a way forward you’re comfortable with.

Every insurance company wants to pay as little as possible, and it uses several tactics to achieve that objective. Lawyers know these tactics so they can beat the insurance companies at their own game, helping you receive the fair compensation you rightly deserve.

Your case might go to trial if the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement. The lawyer will represent you in court, argue the case, and present evidence to prove your claim. They’ll also examine witnesses and cite precedents before the judge and jury to win a favorable verdict.

What Types of Cases Do Car Accident Lawyers Typically Handle?

There’s a diverse range of car accident types you could be involved in through no fault of your own. The extent of injuries resulting from each can also be very different. That’s why it’s important to work with a car accident lawyer who has dealt with many different types of car accidents.  They have the expertise needed to properly win your case.

A rear-end collision happens when the front of one vehicle crashes into the rear of another. These accidents usually occur because the at-fault driver is tailgating the car ahead, not keeping a safe following distance, and ends up crashing into the back of the car because they can’t brake in time.

Head-on accidents are typically very dangerous as they involve two cars crashing straight into each other from opposite directions. Given the angle of impact and speeds involved, these accidents can cause serious injuries and even death.

The front end of one crashing into the side of another causes what’s known as a T-Bone accident. These accidents commonly happen at intersections or stop signs, as the negligent driver fails to respect the right of way, thus causing an accident that can inflict catastrophic injuries.

Fatalities are all too common in a car wreck. They can happen for any number of reasons, such as being hit by a drunk driver, internal bleeding from blunt force trauma, cuts from metal or shards of glass, and traumatic brain injuries. Lawyers experienced in handling such cases pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of the victims’ families.

Millions of people rely on rideshare services for transportation. YOu may possibly be injured while you’re in a rideshare car, due to either driver’s or someone else’s negligence. These can be complicated cases given the various legal complexities involved in pursuing claims against rideshare companies, so it’s best to work with an experienced lawyer on them.

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents. People are using their phones or are distracted by passengers in the car. This lapse of judgment often causes serious accidents, with substantial injuries inflicted upon the car accident victims.

At-fault drivers often flee the accident scene either because they panicked or they want to evade responsibility, so this is what’s known as a hit-and-run accident. Working with a car accident lawyer gives you the best shot at tracking down negligent drivers and bringing them to justice.

When Should You Hire a Car Accident Attorney?

You should ideally hire a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. You don’t have to calculate what your claim is worth, gather evidence, figure out applicable laws, file all of the paperwork, follow legal procedures, and negotiate with the insurance companies. 

Your personal injury lawyer will take care of it all, freeing you up to focus on your medical treatment and recovery.

Should You Hire an Attorney for a Minor Car Accident?

Even in minor accidents with insignificant car or property damage or no sustained injuries, it’s best to hire an attorney to protect yourself against any unfounded legal claims the other driver might make to shift the blame on you to seek compensation. 

If that’s not a concern, you can utilize your own insurance coverage for a claim without needing assistance from a car accident lawyer.

How an Auto Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case

There are several benefits of having an auto accident attorney in your corner. 

As professionals with a thorough understanding of the law and expertise in dealing with complicated cases, your claim will be stronger when there’s a professional pursuing it every step of the way, from handling tough settlement negotiations with the insurance company to even taking the case to trial. 

Maximizing Compensation

You may not realize how much your car accident case is truly worth until you consult an experienced attorney. There may be items eligible for claims that you are not aware of. Don’t run the risk of leaving money on the table, as that only benefits the people responsible for your accident.

Your lawyer’s primary goal is to get you maximum compensation. They’ll know precisely how to value your lost wages, loss of income potential, current medical injuries, the impact of those injuries on your future, the cost of vehicle repair or replacement, and other losses. 

They’ll also claim compensation for the emotional trauma you’ve suffered due to the accident getting you a fair settlement that helps you get your life back on track.

There are often complicated legal challenges to overcome during the claims process when pursuing most car accident cases. That requires a thorough understanding of not just statutory but also procedural law to accurately determine liability. Non-compliance with any provision might leave you unable to claim damages altogether. 

Lawyers are best equipped to handle such challenges. 

Whether that’s going after multiple liable parties, handling uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage claims, pursuing claims against government entities, or putting together a multi-pronged legal strategy to maximize compensation, having professional legal representation covers all of the bases.

Avoiding Pitfalls

Avoiding common pitfalls is essential to safeguard your right to claim compensation after an accident. Lawyers help clients avoid them by providing valuable advice. 

For example, the statute of limitations will be the first aspect most personal injury attorneys consider, as your claim has to be filed within that time limit otherwise you can’t receive compensation.

Insurance companies may initially offer less than your claim is actually worth. Your lawyer will warn you about this, thus saving you from accepting less money than you are entitled to. 

They’ll also advise you to never negotiate with any of the concerned parties without your personal injury attorney present, so you don’t agree to something that’s not in your best interest. 

Choosing the Right Lawyer for Your Car Accident Case

You should have confidence in the lawyer you’ve hired that they’re capable of protecting your interests. That confidence can only come when you’re certain you’ve picked the right one for the job. Pick those who have a verifiable track record of successfully winning major settlements for their clients in personal injury cases. 

Car accident attorneys should have considerable experience in dealing with all types of personal injury claims, as that ensures they have the knowledge and expertise required to handle any complications in your case. 

You may also look into their reputation through online resources like LinkedIn and lawyer directories to have complete peace of mind that you’ve made the right decision.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring

Make this the first question you ask any lawyer you’re considering. Ask about their cost structure, whether they operate on a contingency fee basis, and if so, what percentage of your settlement they take as their fee. 

How much could I potentially win in damages?

Ask them how much you could win in damages for your personal injury claim. Based on the facts and circumstances of your case, they should be able to provide an estimated amount of damages you might get either in a settlement or jury verdict.

What experience do you have handling similar cases?

You need to be sure the lawyers you’ve picked have handled personal injury cases similar to yours in the past. This provides you with the peace of mind that they’re well-equipped to handle the matter.

You may have concerns about the cost of hiring a lawyer. A successful car accident claim can require hundreds of hours of billable work. Many lawyers provide payment arrangements that don’t include any upfront costs. Some also operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, so you don’t have to pay them anything unless you win.

Most personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. They don’t ask you to pay anything upfront. They handle everything from start to finish and will only get paid once you get paid. They’ll charge a percentage of the settlement offer you’ve accepted as their fee. 

There’s no fixed percentage that every personal injury lawyer charges for winning a contingency fee case. However, it typically ranges from 20% to 40% of the confirmed settlement or court award. 

The exact percentage is calculated based on several factors, including the case’s complexity, the lawyer’s experience, and the number of involved parties.

Having professional legal representation from law firms can make all the difference in your car accident claim, enabling you to secure the highest financial compensation possible, and helping you regain control of your life. 

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to have helped our clients win settlements as large as:

  • $18.5 million for a client who suffered serious injuries and limited mobility after a head-on crash
  • $14.1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit for the family of a motorcyclist killed in a side-swipe accident
  • $2.5 million in an under-insured motorist settlement for a passenger seriously injured in a rollover crash

Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today!

Jonathan Rosenfeld, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, it’s best to have professionals recover compensation from the at-fault parties. We provide all clients with a free, no-obligation initial consultation. Just reach out to Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers by giving us a call at (888) 424-5757 and get a free consultation with one of our expert attorneys.

It’s best to prepare a few things before the consultation to help the lawyer provide you with the best possible advice. 

Bring any reports of medical assistance received and any medical bills you may have as they’ll help the legal professional accurately estimate what your injuries are worth. Police reports are useful for ascertaining the specifics of the case. 

You should also bring any correspondence you may have received from the insurance companies to enable your lawyer to fully understand where things stand so they can effectively create a strategy for handling the case in the future.

Client Reviews

Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

– Michonne Proulx

Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own.

– Ethan Armstrong

Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.

– Giulia

This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you.

– Daniel Kaim

Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother’s death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.

– Lisa

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