You Can File a Car Accident Case with No Upfront CostsApril 23, 2013
Traffic crashes are the number one killer of people between the ages of four and 34. In fact, car crashes kill more people in Maryland than homicides do.
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, more than 90 percent of all car accidents are caused by driver error and thus preventable. Whatever the cause, though, a car accident can leave a victim in dire physical and financial straits. If you suffer serious injury in a car accident, it is wise to seek out the advice and counsel of an experienced auto accident attorney. Your attorney can examine the facts of your situation and advise you on whether to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Does it cost you anything to file such a suit? The answer is most likely no. Attorneys generally handle car accident cases on a contingency basis. This means that the victim can expect to pay nothing to the attorney unless there is a monetary settlement or judgment in favor of the victim.
Most auto accident cases settle out of court and the usual contingency fee paid to the attorney in these cases is 33 percent of the total settlement. If a case goes to trial, a higher contingency fee may apply since going to court requires substantially more work to be performed by your attorney.
Make sure that your attorney gives you a written Retainer Agreement so you know exactly where you stand. If you wish to file a car accident claim, contact the Maryland auto accident attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal advice on how to proceed.