Car accidents are a common occurrence and many people who live in our nation will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. Some car accidents are insignificant and provide little cause for concern, but many car accidents cause devastating injuries and property damage. Often people who suffered harm due to a car accident will wish to file a lawsuit to seek compensation from the party that caused the accident, but it seems as if there are countless lawyers in your town to choose from and choosing the right lawyer can seem like an insurmountable feat. If you were involved in a car accident it is vital to choose an attorney with the skills and experience needed to provide you with your best chance for a favorable legal result under the facts of your case.
One of the most important elements to consider in choosing a car accident attorney to represent you in judicial proceedings is the attorney’s experience in handling car accident cases. Each state has different procedural laws and each type of case has unique elements that the plaintiff must prove in order to present a successful case and it is essential to choose an attorney who is well-versed in what it takes to help you set forth a strong case. As such, it is important to determine how long an attorney you are considering hiring has been practicing law, what percentage of the cases the attorney handles are car accident cases, and how many car accident cases the attorney has litigated. Some attorneys will choose to settle a case prior to trial, which may not always be beneficial to his or her client. Thus, it is critical to hire an attorney who will try your case if it is warranted under the circumstances.
Moreover, it is important to retain an attorney who will thoroughly analyze your case and give you an honest assessment as to its value and any obstacles to your recovery. The majority of car accident cases allege that the plaintiff suffered harm due to the negligence of the defendant. To prove negligence you must show that the defendant owed you a duty, which he or she breached, and the breach caused the accident. You must also show you suffered damages as a result of the accident. In many cases, the defendant will argue that the plaintiff was negligent and thus should be precluded from recovering damages. For example, in Illinois a plaintiff can be found negligent and still recover damages, however, as long as his or her contributory negligence is not more than 50%. Your attorney is the liaison between you and the judiciary system and he or she should not only be able to present effective arguments that the defendant should be held liable, he or she should also be able to anticipate and address any obstacles to your recovery.