What does a car accident lawyer do?
Car accident lawyers represent individuals in car, truck, or motorcycle accidents. They also provide representation and advice to pedestrians and people involved in bicycle accidents, DUI incidents, and hit and run cases. They help people suffering from injuries and provide advice regarding insurance claims, liability, and negligence. They also help individuals understand their legal rights. They help their clients understand what to expect in vehicle accident lawsuits. They collect a variety of information and evidence from individuals, witnesses, and necessary documents from the incident such as accident reports and medical records.
What kind of training does a car accident lawyer need?
Car accident lawyers must have at least a bachelor degree and law degree. In order to be admitted to law school, applicants must receive a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Law school provides intensive classroom instruction and hands-on learning experiences. Prospective car accident lawyers typically complete courses in constitutional law, civil procedure, legal writing, liability laws, and car accident law. Many law schools require students to complete internships. Many law students also gain practical experience by participating in legal clinics sponsored by their institution. All states require car accident lawyers to pass the bar examination and become licensed to practice law. Car accident lawyers must complete regular continuing legal education to keep their licenses current, improve their skills, and stay up to date on advancements in the field and changes in laws.
What are the prospects for a career as a car accident lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including car accident lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in automobile accidents will drive job growth of car accident lawyers.
Job prospects should be good with strong competition. Car accident lawyers with great academic records and extensive experience will have the best job opportunities.
How much do car accident lawyers make?
As of January 2010, the average annual salary for car accident lawyers is $35,000; average annual car accident lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a car accident lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in providing representation to a variety of individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents. Car accident lawyers must have a solid understanding of the law procedures regarding many different types of motor vehicle accidents. Patience, critical thinking, self-confidence, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Car accident lawyers must have excellent communication and the ability to gain the necessary information from a variety of victims, witnesses, and other key individuals.