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How Much Does a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Cost?

The cost of hiring a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  • Your fee arrangement with the attorney
  • Whether your case settles or goes to trial
  • How much the lawyer incurs in legal expenses in conjunction with your case
  • How much you receive in an award from the party at fault in the accident (or their insurance company)

Most personal injury lawyers, including North Carolina motorcycle accident injury lawyers, charge their clients either a contingency fee or an hourly rate.

When you pay a contingency fee, you are agreeing to pay the lawyer a percentage of any financial settlement or judgment you receive in connection with your accident, plus expenses. You will pay the lawyer nothing if you do not win or successfully settle the case.

When you pay an hourly fee, you pay the attorney for the actual time he or she works on your case, regardless of the case's outcome. You will also be responsible for reimbursing the lawyer for expenses incurred on your behalf.

Contingency Fees & North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Contingency fees are the most common types of fee arrangement used by personal injury attorneys representing accident victims. This fee arrangement offers several advantages to clients with North Carolina motorcycle accident injury claims:

  • You pay nothing out of pocket
  • You pay nothing up front
  • Because the lawyer will also benefit from a large financial settlement or judgment, he or she should work diligently on your case

The primary disadvantage of contingency fees is that you may feel as if the lawyer didn't fully earn his or her fee if the case settles quickly for a large sum of money.

Before you agree to hire an attorney, you can try to negotiate the contingency fee arrangement. Details that might be negotiated include a lower percentage contingency fee, or asking the lawyer to calculate the fee based on the net award (after other legal expenses have been deducted) and not the gross award (before legal expenses have been deducted).

Hiring an Attorney for an Hourly Fee

Hourly fees, also known as hourly rates are common in many types of legal practices, including criminal cases and corporate legal work. However, they're relatively uncommon in personal injury cases.

If you are unable to find a lawyer who's willing to represent you on contingency, this may be a signal that your case is worth very little money or is otherwise weak. Before agreeing to hire a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer for an hourly fee, make sure you have received a complete case assessment and evaluation. What is the likelihood you'll recover money from the party at fault? How much are you likely to recover?

Understanding the Cost of Hiring a North Carolina Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When meeting with North Carolina motorcycle accident attorneys, ask for a detailed breakdown of fees, expenses, and award estimates before committing to hire a particular lawyer. Among the details you want to understand:

  • Does the lawyer charge an hourly fee or contingency fee?
  • How is the fee calculated?
  • Are you required to pay any money up front? Will you have to pay any money before the case is resolved?
  • How much money, if any, will you have to pay if the case does not settle and is lost in court?
  • How much money does the attorney estimate you can expect to receive if the case settles? If the case goes to trial?
  • Approximately how much money would remain after legal fees and expenses are deducted if you settle? If you go to trial?

Once you have a thorough understanding of the estimated fees, expenses and award amount, you'll have a much more accurate picture of the cost of hiring a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer.