Involved in a Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may need to hire a car accident lawyer. A good car accident lawyer can help you recover losses resulting from a motor vehicle accident and/or reduce the hefty amount of paperwork, “red tape”, and hassle often associated with car accident insurance claims. Knowing when to contact or hire a car accident lawyer can make the difference between a justly resolved case and owing or losing large monetary damages.Responsible driving

Below is important information you need to know about hiring a car accident lawyer.

Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, car accidents are everyday occurrences. Most personal injury claims in the U.S. are a result of an accident involving a car, truck, or other motor vehicle. Many of these accidents result in minor vehicle damage in the form of a “fender bender”, and can generally be handled alone through direct contact with an insurance company. However, car accidents that involve physical injury, fatality, or other significant damage may warrant the legal representation of an experienced car accident attorney.

An experienced car accident lawyer can help you get compensation to cover any losses incurred due to the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and car repairs. In some states, a car accident lawyer may help you recover when a loved one is killed, especially if reckless driving, speeding, or drunk-driving was involved.

What to Look For in a Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents lawyers cover a range of issues stemming from personal injury, wrongful death, property destruction, and liability determinations. When looking for a car accident lawyer, you should concentrate on the lawyer’s experience, skill level, commitment, location and fee structure.

For example, your car accident attorney should be well versed in state and national transportation laws, know how to deal with insurance and health care companies, and know how to effectively prepare and settle a case. Also, it’s important that you check the attorney’s background, references, and track record.Personal Injury attorney

Lastly, a good attorney will typically accept your case on a contingency or “no win-no fee” basis if the attorney feels your case has any merit, so it’s important to check the attorney’s standard fee structure.

When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

It is best to hire a car accident lawyer early to avoid any costly mistakes. The deadline for filing personal injury claims varies from state to state. Because you may need to pay for medical bills and/or cover lost wages, the sooner you contact an attorney the better. In general, a person should contact an attorney shortly after the accident occurs — within a week or two of the accident — but before reaching a settlement with the insurance company.

How to Find a Car Accident Lawyer

There are many ways to find a qualified car accident lawyer. Referrals from friends and family or online may be a good start. However, not all attorney referral services are the same and unless you have unlimited hours to spend asking for referrals, you may wish to find a car accident lawyer in your area using one of several quality-assured lawyer directories, such as FindLaw, devoted to connecting you to an experienced lawyer.

Questions to Ask a Car Accident Lawyer

Before speaking with a car accident lawyer, you should have as much detailed information and facts about the car accident and any injuries or financial losses as possible. Documents you may wish to show your attorney after a motor vehicle accident may include your insurance policy, information exchanged at the accident scene, and medical records, among other things. Below are some of the questions you should ask before hiring a car accident lawyer.

What percentage of your practice is devoted to car accident cases?
What experience do you have with the specific type of injury in question?
What is a typical settlement range for cases similar to mine?
How much of my car accident case will you actually handle?
How are your fees structured?
What out-of-pocket expenses am I responsible for?
Car Accident Lawyer Fees

Most car accident cases are handled on a contingency or “no win-no pay” basis. This means that if the attorney does not win the case of your behalf, he or she does not collect a fee. On the other hand, if the attorney wins the case, the attorney will get a percentage of the personal injury award. The attorney’s percentage varies from case to case, but can equal approximately one-third to 40% of the total award, with different limits imposed from state to state.

It’s important to note that attorney fees are different from costs, and you may be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses associated with your case. In any event, it is wise to consult with a variety of car accident lawyers in your area to find one you feel comfortable with in representing your case and to get a sense of the cost involved. Credit: some of the content also appears on Findlaw-

Construction Defects Law

The Burdman Law Group is a firm of legal professionals dedicated to protecting the rights of homeowners and homeowner associations in construction defect cases. This narrow field of focus allows us to surpass our competitors when it comes to knowledge and experience in this often complicated and confusing field of law. In fact, in the past six years our attorneys have secured almost $100 million for our HOA clients, and our reputation for excellence in lawsuits against developers, insurance companies, and contractors, and subcontractors is second to none. See this websiteConstruction defects

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Always dedicated to client satisfaction, the Burdman Law Group maintains involvement in community organizations such as Community Associations Institute (CAI), Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM), Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA) and Legislative Action Committees. Representatives from our firm are often invited to sit in committee with these organizations, which allows us to shape and define, construction law, further solidifiying our position as one of the top construction defect firms in the nation.

Scott A. Burdman is an experienced construction law attorney who has fought for the rights of homeowners and homeowners associations over the past 20 years. In the past six years alone, Mr. Burdman has recovered almost $100 million in settlements and trial verdicts, and has represented over 100 homeowner associations in claims involving construction defects. An experienced mediator as well as trial attorney, Mr. Burdman has resolved issues involving condominium projects and planned unit developments.

A graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Mr. Burdman received his law degree from California Western School of Law. In addition to being a member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, the Arizona Association of Community Managers, the Community Associations Institute, and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Burdman is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and defects

D. Robert Ward graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science before receiving his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 1995. Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Ward worked as a research assistant to a bipartisan public policy-making organization in Washington, D.C., where he authored several a legislative update articles. Mr. Ward has a diverse legal background, and has been involved in products liability, franchise misrepresentation, and residential construction defects, with special emphasis on mold litigation.

Mr. Ward is also a member of several trade organizations including the Community Association Institute’s San Diego, Orange County, Sacramento and Greater Inland Empire chapters, and California Association of Community Managers. As a member of the San Diego County Bar association, Mr. Ward has given back to the community by handling employment disputes for indigent workers and helping out at the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association giving advice on domestic issues.

Speed Traps

Morrison, Colorado has the reputation for being a speed trap. Nonetheless, despite its well known reputation, it’s a fair guess that the majority of its revenue still comes from traffic violations. Most smaller municipalities are highly dependent on traffic ticket income. It’s the way it is in America. If you haven’t caught on to this by now, then you need to get out more. See our WebsiteTraffic

This morning while driving up North Turkey Creek Canyon in Morrison, I passed a limousine that had been pulled over, presumably for speeding. The passengers, undoubtedly not pleased, and the driver may lose his job. Life on the road. Supposedly there is no discrimination, and you rarely see a limo pulled over. However, being a professional driver he should know his stuff, and understand that he if he fights his case, he’s likely to walk with the ticket getting dismissed or at the least a reduction in fine and points. There are ways to get that ticket thrown out. The odds of getting the ticket dismissed are in the favor of the driver.

Just because you’ve received a ticket doesn’t mean you are automatically guilty. Here are 6 things to know when dealing with Traffic Court.

1. When possible do not send a fine in by mail – for any traffic violation that will give you points. If you have a choice to mail in a fine, or show up in Court, it’s a must to show up in person. By fighting for your cause in person, the Court will see you have a sincere interest in respecting the Law. Mailing in a fine for any traffic offense automatically puts the guilt on you. Points are levied without contest.
2. Be prepared with the right questions. Write them out beforehand so you don’t miss anything. It would be easy to forget important points without notes, since it’s only natural to have a little case of nerves.
3. Attack the evidence, not the police officer. There are small procedures that are often overlooked when a ticket is given. Some officers forget to fill in a blank or wrongly date a ticket, or mistakenly put down misinformation. All of these minor things can get a ticket dismissed.
4. You have more to lose than just money. If you are proven guilty your insurance premiums will take a hit. Over a period of years, until the offense is rendered null and void, the surcharge on your insurance could add up to hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
5. You could lose your job. Making this a substantial point to the Judge is key. Loosing your job depends on the type of work you do, but if it involves a motor vehicle you could be in trouble. Also consider when looking for future employment. If a position requires you to drive a vehicle your chances of landing the position could be in doubt. Potential employers will do a background check and if your record shows – especially, a moving violation, don’t even bother to apply. You would be seen as a liability.
6. Be prepared and have a professional attitude. You can’t count on a dismissal, but by being prepared, you are at the least, likely to get a reduced fine and points.Responsible driving

There are a number of coaching resources to draw from on how to get traffic offenses dismissed, but stay real. Just don’t drive irresponsibly. Even having the best legal counsel doesn’t justify putting anyone in harms ways.

Stay safe out there. Leave a comment below.