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Consider your location. Each state has its own car accident and personal injury laws, but laws may also vary between cities or even zip codes. A lawyer who specializes in the area where the accident happened is likely to have the most relevant knowledge that an out-of-town or neighboring city attorney may lack.

Start your search online. Local lawyer directories are good places to begin compiling your list of lawyers to work with. On Avvo you can compare their experience and read reviews from past clients as well as see if the lawyer offers fixed fee services. Consider using a lawyer who speaks in your native language so that you are able to communicate effectively.

Type of Lawyer. Do you need a car accident lawyer, a traffic tickets lawyer or a DUI lawyer? Understanding the type of lawyer that you need can go a long way to helping your case be handled as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

Costs of car accident cases

If you are in an car accident that results in injury and/or destruction of property, you may decide to sue for reimbursement for your pain, medical expenses, and lost wages. An attorney specializing in personal injury can help you navigate this process. Your attorney may be able to settle your case out of court, or you may end up going to trial before a judge or jury.

Most personal injury lawyers charge on contingency, which means that rather than paying costs up front, you agree to pay the case expenses and attorney fees from any settlement you receive. Generally if you don’t win the case, the lawyer will waive his or her fees.

Contingency may be charged as a flat percentage rate of any money you are awarded, or on a sliding scale, where the lawyer gets a higher percentage if the settlement is large, a lower percentage if the award is smaller. Some lawyers take a percentage of the gross award -- the amount you are awarded before expenses are deducted -- while others will take a percentage of the net award, the amount you are left after court costs. Be sure to understand how your attorney has calculated fees before signing a contract.

Any time you hire an attorney the primary cost is the time your lawyer spends on your case. Other costs depend on whether your case is settled outside of traffic court or not. Costs increase the longer a case goes on and particularly if comes to trial. Expenses that may be included in the final fee include:

  • Filing fees
  • Court Costs
  • Paralegal Time
  • Secretarial / staff time
  • Postage charges
  • Photocopying
  • Deposition and court reporter costs
  • Computer research related costs
  • Private investigator fees
  • Messenger and process server fees
  • Experts, consultants, and witness fees
  • Travel expenses

The advantage of hiring a lawyer on contingency is that if you lose or are unable to settle your case, you will pay little or nothing. Your attorney will benefit financially only if you win your case and should be motivated to secure the greatest possible settlement for you.

There are disadvantages to contingency fee arrangements to consider. If your case is settled easily, you may be left feeling your attorney did not completely earn his or her fee. And if you win, you will be responsible for paying your lawyer’s fees and expenses even if that ends up leaving you with an amount less than the medical expenses and auto repair or replacement costs you incurred as the result of the original car accident.

Questions to ask your car accident lawyer during your initial consultation

Understanding who your lawyer is and how suited they are to taking your case can greatly influence the outcome of the case. Understanding the difference between someone specializing in trucking accident cases and motorcycle accident cases can make or break a case.

  • Who will personally manage my case?
  • How long have you practiced car accident law?
  • How would you approach my situation?
  • What types of cases have you handled that are similar to mine?
  • How much do you charge?

Do not hesitate to interview multiple lawyers. The attorney you choose should not only have experience with your legal issue, but also be someone you feel comfortable working with. It is important to understand the fee structure that will be used previous to beginning your work together as it will be difficult to argue a lower price in the future.

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Julie Aleve Fine
Julie Aleve Fine
331

622 NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601

Bar #91070(FL)     License for 2011 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Animal and dog bites | Birth injury | Brain injury | Car accident | Defective and dangerous products | Litigation | Motorcycle accident | Personal injury | Slip and fall accident | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Steven Leslie Frankl
Steven Leslie Frankl
182

2240 Woolbright Road Suite 201, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Bar #665991(FL)     License for 2003 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Medical malpractice | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Loren Weiss Pincus
Loren Weiss Pincus
126

12962 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618

Bar #13841(FL)     License for 2005 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Entertainment | Motorcycle accident | Personal injury | Slip and fall accident | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Loren L Gold
Loren L Gold
105

8050 Cleary Blvd. # 503, Plantation, FL 33324

Bar #785768(FL)     License for 1989 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Defective and dangerous products | Insurance | Medical malpractice | Motorcycle accident | Personal injury | Slip and fall accident | Trucking accident | Workers compensation | Wrongful death
Stephen George Charpentier
Stephen George Charpentier
94

2290 W Eau Gallie Blvd Suite 212, Melbourne, FL 32935

Bar #328006(FL)     License for 1981 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Defective and dangerous products | Insurance | Medical malpractice | Motorcycle accident | Nursing home abuse and neglect | Personal injury | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Armando Edmiston
Armando Edmiston
90

2002 E 5th Ave Unit 103, Tampa, FL 33605

Bar #40956(FL)     License for 2007 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Medical malpractice | Motorcycle accident | Nursing home abuse and neglect | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Michael Stephen Steinger
Michael Stephen Steinger
85

1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd #900, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Bar #83496(FL)     License for 1996 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Personal injury | Transportation | Workers compensation | Wrongful death
Justin Gary Hausler
Justin Gary Hausler
81

5570 S US HWY 17/92, Casselberry, FL 32707

Bar #31071(FL)     License for 2006 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Car accident | Criminal defense | Divorce and separation | DUI and DWI | Family | Workers compensation
James Owen Cunningham
James Owen Cunningham
79

236 South Lucerne Circle East, Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #242691(FL)     License for 1977 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Medical malpractice | Personal injury | Trucking accident | Wrongful death
Justin Weinstein
Justin Weinstein
75

713 E. Broward Blvd., Suite R, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Bar #98169(FL)     License for 2012 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Angela Zervos
Angela Zervos
68

1266 S Pinelllas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Bar #120839(FL)     License for 1997 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Car accident | Medical malpractice | Motorcycle accident | Personal injury | Slip and fall accident | Spinal cord injury | Trucking accident | Wrongful death

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