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Getting into a car accident often brings with it a large headache in dealing with insurance companies and other drivers, not to mention the physical injuries that can occur as a result. If your accident involved an 18-wheeler, then that headache and those injuries may be even more severe.
One of the most effective ways to deal with that stress is to have an experienced attorney on your side. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, including communicating with insurance companies and collecting evidence and generally advocate for your interests. While the words "expensive" and "lawyer" often seem to go together, getting legal help from the 18-wheeler attorneys at the Zinda Law Group may be more affordable than you think.
How Much Do Trucking Lawyers Charge?
When you think of hiring a lawyer, you might think of expensive hourly rates. However, the Zinda Law Group understands that not everyone has hundreds of dollars to pay per hour to obtain quality legal representation. That is one of the reasons why the firm works on a contingency basis.
Simply put, a lawyer who is working on a “contingency basis” does not get paid until you get paid. There are no upfront costs—the lawyer can take an agreed-upon portion of any settlement agreed to or damages awarded. For example, if your case happens to settle for a sum of $150,000, the lawyer who worked your case can take a percentage of that amount as their payment, and you walk away with the rest. This arrangement makes the legal process available to everybody, not just those who can afford it.
Also, when firms utilize a contingency basis structure, they will only be willing to accept the cases that they believe have a fighting chance at winning or settling. This is because, on their end, they do not want to seek compensation for a claim that has no merit. Rest assured, when a contingency basis lawyer accepts your case, they are not stringing you along in an attempt to bill you for meaningless hours of legal work.
Advantages of a No-Win No-Fee Agreement
When it comes to the perspective of the client in a truck accident case, there are many benefits of hiring a lawyer on a contingency basis, including:
When it comes to the field of personal injury law, there is a great deal of uncertainty at the outset of a case. Even the cases that seem very simple can have unexpected twists and turns. When you hire a lawyer on a contingency basis, you avoid the risk of paying them thousands of dollars only to end with nothing.
Incentive for the Lawyer
When you hire a lawyer on an hourly basis, they have no motivation to work any faster than they have to in order to get the case settled in a reasonable amount of time. When you hire a lawyer on a contingency basis, however, they have an incentive to be considerate in the cases that they choose to accept. Once they have been hired on, they also have an incentive to work purposefully and efficiently because your interests have become their interests.
There are more costs associated with pursuing a legal claim than many people would think. Paying on a contingency basis ensures that you do not get overwhelmed by these costs and end up paying for them out of your own pocket.
Fees and Expenses of Filing a Claim
As mentioned, there are a lot of costs that go into filing a legal claim. You will not be responsible for any of these upfront. A few of the most common include:
In any court, you will need to pay a fee to file your complaint, which is the legal document that begins the process. In addition, there will be associated cost for any motions that you wish to file after that. Often, a single case will involve several motions, which can sometimes end up costing thousands of dollars.
Depending on the particular circumstances of your case, it is likely that you will require the testimony of an expert witness. An expert witness is any person who has knowledge outside the realm of a layperson. This can include doctors, economists, accident reconstructionists, and many more.
A deposition is an out-of-court interview with a witness that is conducted under oath and is reduced to writing to be later used as evidence. In order to conduct a deposition, it is necessary to hire a court reporter, who might charge anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 per day.
These are just a few of the expenses that a lawsuit will involve. In addition, if you have hired an attorney on an hourly basis, these costs are non-refundable. Even if no settlement is reached, you won’t be getting that money back. When you hire a lawyer on a contingency basis, however, these costs are deducted from the eventual settlement, meaning you do not run the risk of paying for something that you can’t afford.
Why You Shouldn’t Negotiate the Settlement Yourself
All the talk of the costs associated with working with attorneys may have you thinking that the best option is just to try to work things out on your own. However, unless you have extensive experience in the field of personal injury law, this is generally not advisable. An experienced attorney can help you best pursue the compensation that you may be entitled to and avoid much of the messiness that is involved in pursuing a legal claim, especially one that involves an 18-wheeler. A few of the specific ways in which an attorney can help include:
Experience Assessing Claims
While it may be disappointing to hear, there are some claims that are simply not worth pursuing. There may be problems with evidence, a large percentage of fault on the plaintiff’s side, or any other myriad issues. An experienced attorney can analyze the facts of your case and give you a recommendation of whether or not your claim is worth pursuing.
Experience with Similar Claims
Once an attorney has accepted your case, they can get to work analyzing the evidence and developing a strategy. This is where previous experience with claims similar to yours will come into play. Knowing the law and how previous cases have ended up allows your attorney to craft an effective argument, accentuating the strong points of your case while deflecting attention from the areas of your case that might not be as strong.
Experience Dealing with Insurance Companies
While they may build their advertising campaigns on being friendly and reliable, it is important to remember that insurance companies are businesses that exist to make money. To that end, they employ claims adjusters who are skilled at drawing you into conversations and eliciting statements that may be damaging to your claim. 18 wheeler attorneys have experience handling communications with insurance companies in a way that preserves any potential claim that you may have.
Our No-Win No-Fee Guarantee
At the Zinda Law Group, we believe that an injured victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford quality legal representation and that the legal process should be available to everyone. That is why we offer free evaluations of your case and use a no-win no-fee set-up—you won’t pay anything unless we win your case. In addition to being affordable, the award-winning Zinda Law Group has the resources and experience to help your pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.
Large Firm Resources, Small Firm Feel
With clients across Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and across the United States, the Zinda Law Group has the resources available to a nationwide firm to build the strongest case possible. This includes the ability to hire expert witnesses and utilize cutting-edge technology.
The Zinda Law Group employs expert investigators who are trained in uncovering and developing evidence that may not be available to the average person. For example, an investigator may use cutting-edge technology to reconstruct your accident to show that you were not at fault. These investigative techniques can be the difference between a successful or unsuccessful case.
The period after an accident can be a very lonely and isolating time. On top of the physical pain and financial burdens that you may be left with after an accident, insurance companies and the other parties involved will be trying to pay you as little as possible, which can make it seem like you are the only one who cares about your interests. The attorneys at the Zinda Law Group work for you and make sure that you do not have to face this difficult time alone.
The attorneys at Zinda Law Group can handle your case and take a lot of the burden off of you, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
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