An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get compensation to cover any losses incurred due to the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and car repairs. In some states, a car accident lawyer may help you recover when a loved one is killed, especially if reckless driving, speeding, or drunk-driving was involved.
There are many ways to find a qualified car accident lawyer. Referrals from friends and family or online may be a good start. However, not all attorney referral services are the same and unless you have unlimited hours to spend asking for referrals, you may wish to find a car accident lawyer in your area using one of several quality-assured lawyer directories, such as FindLaw, devoted to connecting you to an experienced lawyer.
Most car accident cases are handled on a contingency or "no win-no pay" basis. This means that if the attorney does not win or settle the case on your behalf, he or she does not collect a fee. On the other hand, if the attorney wins the case, the attorney will get a percentage of the personal injury award. The attorney's percentage varies from case to case, but can equal approximately one-third to 40% of the total award, with different limits imposed from state to state. It's important to note that attorney fees are different from costs, and you may be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses associated with your case.