When injured in an auto accident, contacting an auto accident lawyer is the first thing you should do. An auto accident can be a scary and stressful situation. You could be in a lot of pain, your immediate plans are ruined, police are asking you to file a police report and you have to worry about contacting your insurance company. The last thing you may want to do is contact an attorney but it is the best thing you can do. By doing so, you will save a lot of pain and headaches down the road.
An attorney is there for you during the litigation process, but as you will discover, there is much more that they will be able to help you with even if the accident does not require litigation. We can help you understand everything you need to know about auto accident attorneys. If you are a Maryland resident and would rather speak in person, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
How can a lawyer help when you’ve been in an auto accident
When you’ve been in an auto accident, you can potentially receive compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income and other expenses related to the accident. However, things are not always cut and dried.
Do you know how to start the process of filing a claim against the other party? Are you entitled to more than what is being offered? What do you do when the at-fault party refuses to pay?
Knowing what to do, who to contact and how to get your highest payout can be a challenge, but a lawyer can help in several ways:
- Knowing who to contact and when to contact them
- Understanding how to deal with insurance companies
- Providing insights into what you need to bring to court
- Helping you get a potentially bigger settlement
- Understanding your rights
- Knowing what to prepare and bring to court
Why deal with the headaches of insurance companies, or risk missing out on what’s owed to you simply because you didn’t know what to do?
No matter if you’ve been in a fender bender, or a commercial truck accident, a lawyer can help.
When is the best time to contact an attorney after an auto accident?
You should contact an attorney immediately after an accident. If you’ve been in an accident and are currently researching then stop and contact us immediately.
There are two very important reasons why you should contact a lawyer immediately.
1. Not taking the appropriate actions can dramatically affect your case and settlement.
The evidence at the scene of the accident and what you say on record will be used to determine the settlement. As an example, admitting guilt (even partial guilt) on the police record can be enough to bar you from receiving payment. The at-fault party’s insurance company will also likely contact you shortly after the incident and offer a small amount to settle out of court.
Not knowing what to do or say during these moments can leave you left with a much smaller settlement than you need or worst, none at all.
It’s important to contact an auto accident attorney right away so they can help guide you through what to do and what to say.
2. Your financial situation could begin to start looking bleak.
Unfortunately, getting in a car accident does not stop your bills from needing to be paid. After an accident, many individuals have to take time off work for medical reasons. Some even have to purchase new cars. The longer you wait the more these bills begin piling up making it harder to dig your way out of a financial rut later.
By contacting a lawyer sooner than later, you will have the opportunity to receive your payout sooner allowing you to avoid being buried with a huge financial burden.
How much does an auto accident lawyer in Maryland cost?
The Law Offices of David Mabrey handle personal injury and auto accidents in a contingency fee. This means the lawyer gets paid a percentage of the settlement fee or a percentage of the amount awarded at trial. For many, it’s not a matter of cost per se, but a matter of what’s the better option.
Is it worth it to hire a lawyer?
Martindale-Nolo Research’s 2017 personal injury study gives insights into this question. They found that respondents who hired legal representation walked away with an average of $77,600 in compensation, compared to an average of $17,600 for those who handled their own injury claims.
Not only did they receive a higher payout but those who hired a lawyer won 91% of the time while those who did not only won 51%.
At the Law Offices of David Mabrey, we work on a contingency fee basis and if we don’t win the case you don’t owe us anything. We not only help our clients deal with the headaches of working with insurance companies and the courtroom (when necessary) but we also know how to negotiate and fight for a higher settlement.
Are there different types of auto accident lawyers?
All lawyers vary in their level of expertise and experience. When it comes to auto accidents, some lawyers specialize in different areas. Knowing these different areas can help you find an attorney who is best suited to fit your needs.
Here are the types of accident lawyers you will find:
- Personal car accident lawyers
- Big truck accidents lawyers
- Commercial fleet lawyers
- Traffic law and DUI lawyers
Many lawyers are familiar with auto accident litigations. But if you feel your situation is unique, it may be best to choose an attorney who specializes in your area.
How to choose an auto accident lawyer
No matter where you live, there are likely many lawyers available in your area. With so many options, how do you know if you’re choosing the right one?
It can be overwhelming, but there are a few questions to ask to help you find the right one:
- Do they have the right credentials and expertise?
- Are they local?
- Is there reputation a good one
- When you contact them do they treat you with respect or like a number
- If English is your second language, can you understand each other
- Do they offer a free consultation?
It’s a good thing that individuals have options when it comes to something so important, but it’s vital that they choose someone who will win for them.
What happens when you contact a lawyer
The thought of contacting a law office can be intimidating. What do you say? What will happen? Will they make things easy for me to understand? These are all questions individuals ask themselves when contacting a lawyer. To ease your fears, let us address exactly what will happen when you contact a lawyer.
- The first person you will speak to will likely be a paralegal who will ask for basic information.
- Next, you will speak with the attorney who will ask you to explain the situation
- Once the attorney understands the situation, (if they are a good one) they will educate you on the process or any relevant information you need to know when moving forward.
- After the initial consultation, you can choose to hire the law firm or not.
The process is quite easy and is much less scary than most people think. Remember, at the end of the day, a lawyer is there to help you. Don’t worry about having all your ducks in a row at first. What’s important is that you call. They will tell you what needs to be done.
Is David Mabrey the right Maryland auto accident lawyer for you to choose?
When looking for an auto accident attorney, it’s important to find one who fits your needs. At the Law Offices of David Mabrey, we can’t tell you if we are a good fit. We can only show you who we are and allow you to determine that for yourself.
Here is who we are and what we offer:
We are a local attorney office in Pasadena Maryland
If you are a Maryland resident, think of us as your local law firm. Because we are local, we can more thoroughly review your case and represent you well. This provides ease of access and the ability to meet face to face if you choose. But it also means we know the laws and court systems better than someone from out of state.
Experience with personal injury and auto accidents
Any time you are dealing with an auto accident, injury, litigation, or any situation that can affect your financial well-being, you want someone who is experienced. We’ve handled hundreds of personal injury cases with excellent results. One of our specialties is auto accidents. No matter if it’s involving a big 18-wheeler or a fender bender we have the knowledge and experience to help.
Ability to provide personal attention
Unlike larger law firms, our office has the ability to provide each person and each case with personal attention. Our firm works on the belief that a client’s needs are of the utmost importance and this has led to a high percentage of clients becoming repeat clients.
No fees unless we win!
When you’ve been in a stressful situation such as a car accident, the last thing we want our clients to focus on is how you will pay for a lawyer. That’s why we offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis so that you only need to pay if you win.
At the Law Offices of David Mabrey, we offer experience with the commitment to meet the needs of our clients. If you are looking for an auto accident lawyer in Maryland, then the Law Offices of David Mabrey may be your best bet. Give us a call and let’s talk about your case.