How much lawyers charge for a truck accident depends on the specific lawyer that you are considering. Personal injury lawyers who handle truck accident claims will generally charge through a contingency fee, which means that a lawyer will not charge you anything upfront. When a lawyer arranges for their client to pay through a contingency fee, then:
- Their client does not pay the lawyer unless the lawyer wins their case
- The client does not have to pay out-of-pocket for legal services
- The lawyer is paid a percentage of the client’s settlement or judgment
Per the American Bar Association (ABA), contingency fees are generally about 40% of a client’s settlement.
A Contingency Pay Structure Can Benefit the Client
As the client of a truck accident lawyer, you may benefit from the contingency fee pay structure. Consider the following benefits of contingency fees.
Contingency Fees Prevent Financial Bias
Lawyers who charge by the hour or for a flat rate may choose clients based on who can pay their fee. Lawyers who are paid through a contingency fee do not have to consider their clients’ financial status.
Every client generally pays the same fee to hire a personal injury lawyer. Therefore, every client with a winning case will pay the same percentage, regardless of their financial status. Therefore, a lawyer does not have to consider a prospective client’s ability to pay when choosing to take on a case.
A Lawyer Must Truly Earn Their Contingency Fee
Lawyers who receive hourly payment or a flat rate generally get paid regardless of the outcome of their client’s case. A lawyer who is paid through a contingency fee does not receive payment for their services unless they win. Therefore, your lawyer has a financial incentive to secure a positive outcome to your insurance claim or lawsuit.
You can learn how much a lawyer charges for your truck accident claim by asking their team about their contingency fees. You may ask this and other questions during a free consultation, which truck accident lawyers generally offer at no cost.
Proving Fault in a Truck Accident
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cites drivers as the cause of 94% of accidents. However, no two accidents are exactly the same. Sometimes a truck driver could cause an accident by failing to check their truck for tire defects, loose cargo, or other flaws that could cause a collision.
Some accidents are not a driver’s fault. Others may have multiple liable parties. Those who may be liable for your accident instead of (or in addition to) a truck driver include:
- The truck driver’s immediate superior
- The company that employs the truck driver and their superior
- A mechanic whose poor work contributed to a vehicle failure
- A vehicle or parts manufacturer (in the case that a defect caused your accident)
Your lawyer will determine what the share of liability for your accident is. Some defendants may be the subject of an insurance claim, while your lawyer may file one or more lawsuits against others. Your lawyer will speak with you about this issue before filing your claim or lawsuit.
Your Lawyer Will Fight for Financial Coverage
Whether you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, your lawyer will seek compensation that covers your accident-related losses. Your lawyer and their team will gather records such as medical bills that show how you have been affected by your accident and will calculate the total sum of your losses. An insurance company or defendant in a lawsuit may be willing to pay the losses that you request.
Generally, however, your lawyer will negotiate for the amount of compensation that you deserve. Some of the losses that may be covered through a lawsuit are:
- The cost of your accident-related medical care
- Your past and future pain and suffering
- Your past and future mental anguish
- The cost of repairing damage to your vehicle
- The cost of replacing a totaled vehicle
- Wages lost because of injuries
- Future loss of earning capacity
Call an Attorney with Bernstein & Poisson Today
We can review your losses and help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (702) 633-3333.