The Roth Firm, a law firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that they have released the answers to 10 frequently asked questions to help people in the community better understand what they have to do after an auto accident. The Atlanta auto accident FAQs include what to ask their auto accident lawyer, whether those who are found partially at fault for the accident can still seek damages, and how much it will cost to hire an Atlanta car wreck lawyer.
James M. Roth, managing partner at The Roth Firm, says, “We are very happy to announce that we have released one more addition to the articles on our website that are designed to educate people regarding their rights in the event that they find themselves to be victims of a car accident. Indeed, there would be many questions running in the minds of the victims. Car accidents can dramatically affect every aspect of a person’s life, including their physical and emotional health, ability to work, and family life. Our attorneys specialize in automobile accident injuries and can help you with your case.”
According to the FAQs article, some of the most important questions to ask auto accident lawyers include their experience in handling car accident cases, whether other members of the firm’s legal staff will also work on the case, whether the firm will handle the case if it goes to trial, how often car accident cases go to trial, the legal fees to be paid or whether the client has to pay for legal services out-of-pocket, and how long it would take for the firm to return client calls.
An essential question of victims of car accidents is whether they can still seek damages if they were found to be partially at fault for the accident. According to The Roth Firm Atlanta auto accident attorney, clients will need to understand the legal concepts of contributory negligence, modified comparative negligence, and pure comparative negligence. The firm points out that in contributory negligence, those found to be partially at-fault in the accident, might still be entitled to a percentage of the auto accident settlement. Meanwhile, modified comparative negligence indicates that those who own more than 50 percent of the responsibility for the car crash are not eligible for compensation. And in pure comparative negligence, the less at-fault people are in the accident, the more compensation they are able to get.
Meanwhile, when it comes to lawyers’ fees, The Roth Firm does not ask for any form of payment until the case has been resolved in favor of the client. This is known as a contingency fee, and the amount will be somewhere in the 25 to 40 percent range, and the average contingency fee is one-third of the settlement.
With regards to the average settlement for car accidents, it should be noted that the courts split the car accident damages into three main categories: special damages, general damages, and punitive damages. The factors that will affect the settlement include the extent of the injuries, cost of medical care, vehicle value, insurance coverage, life-long consequences of injuries, death toll, the number of people involved, sympathy that a jury has for the victim, whether or not insurance companies meet victim demands, and the victim’s income. Based on car accident claim data, on the average, a car accident settlement is usually in the range of $14,000 to $28,000, and settlements for highly serious accidents can reach as high as $31,000 or more.
And with regards to how long a car accident settlement can take, if the client decides to settle it out of court, it could take four to six weeks to complete the entire settlement process. But if the client decides to take it to court, it could take anywhere from several weeks to a few years. In general, a car accident lawsuit can take one year to be completed.
People who need more information about the legal aspects of auto accidents can visit The Roth Firm website, or contact them by phone or by email. Roth adds, “To keep yourself up to date on what is happening with the firm, check us out on Facebook.”
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