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Motor vehicle accidents are a common occurrence. If the accident you are involved in is minor (a so-called “fender bender”) and no person is injured, you can likely handle filing the insurance claims yourself. However, a more serious accident can have far-reaching effects on your health, career and entire household.

If you or another person is injured, there is potential for these consequences. You should hire a car accident lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. In every state, there are differing deadlines for filing a personal injury claim. Also, good legal advice will help you to avoid making mistakes that could be costly to you and your loved ones.

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common reason for a claim of personal injury in the U.S. That does not make filing these claims easy or simple. When personal injuries have occurred, you need a top rated personal injury lawyer to help you with the huge amounts of documentation and interaction with insurance companies. An experienced attorney will also ensure that you are fairly compensated for medical bills and other losses that occur now, and which may continue to affect you for many years or the rest of your life.

If the worst has happened, and a loved one has been killed in a motor vehicle accident, an experienced attorney is your family’s most important ally, particularly if the driver was impaired due to alcohol or drug use or was driving recklessly.

How to choose a motor vehicle accident attorney

The best accident attorneys are well-versed in handling the array of issues caused by personal injury, wrongful death, destruction of property, and liability determinations.

The outcome of your case will depend on your attorney’s knowledge of state and national transportation laws, experience in dealing with insurers and medical care companies, and proven ability to prepare and settle a personal injury claim. Here are six questions to ask a car accident lawyer:

  1. How much of your law practice is focused on motor vehicle cases?
  2. Please describe your experience in handling cases with this type of injury.
  3. In your experience, what is a typical settlement for a case like mine?
  4. Will you handle my car accident case yourself?
  5. What is your fee structure for this type of case?
  6. Do I have to pay for expenses you incur on my behalf?

Always check your lawyer’s background and references to make sure he or she has the track record and experience to handle a case like yours.

Legal fees

An attorney experienced in car accident cases will only accept your case if he or she believes that monetary damages are likely to be recovered. The usual fee arrangement is a contingency basis, which means the attorney only gets paid if he or she wins monetary damages on your behalf.

According to American Bar Association, the typical fees of an accident lawyer will be about 30 to 40 percent of your total compensation. Be aware that costs incurred on your behalf are not the same as attorney’s fees. You may be required to pay for some expenses out of your own pocket (clarify this with your attorney).

If you or another person has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, don’t delay in contacting Perna & Abracht, LLC to connect with an experienced car accident attorney.