Riding a bicycle on a busy road puts riders in a very vulnerable position. When they’re surrounded by cars, even a light tap with a bumper can send riders sprawling. And the injuries riders can sustain are often very serious. That’s why many injured cyclists end up having to sue the at-fault driver for damages. If you’ve been injured in an accident while riding, hiring an Atlanta bicycle accident attorney should be a priority, but how much can you expect to pay? Here’s what you need to know.

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How Atlanta Bicycle Accident Attorneys Charge for Their Services

The amount you’ll pay for your attorney’s services will largely depend on how they charge you. Typically, attorneys follow one of three charging methods: hourly, on contingency, or a combination of the two.

Hourly

As you might expect, when an attorney charges you for their services on an hourly basis, you’ll only pay for the hours that they work. But this amount can vary and more experienced attorneys typically charge higher hourly rates. You can expect to pay between $75 and more than $500 per hour, depending on the attorney.

Contingency

Contingency fees work differently. Instead of receiving an hourly rate, your attorney receives a portion of what you win when your case is settled. That means if you win nothing, the attorney won’t receive a cent. But if you win a large amount, they’ll receive a certain percentage of that settlement. The percentage you’ll pay will vary from attorney to attorney. Some charge as little as 25% of your settlement while others may charge up to 50%. 

Hybrid

Depending on the complexity of your case, your attorney may charge hourly rates for research and prep and a contingency if you win a settlement. Often, the contingency fee will be lower if they’re also receiving money on an hourly basis. But again, this varies from attorney to attorney.

Why You Should Shop Around

Shopping around for an attorney is the best way to make sure you’re getting the perfect combination of experience and affordability. Schedule consultations with several attorneys and discuss your case in detail. Ask them about their experience, their success rate with cases like yours, and how much they charge for their services. 

This way, you can find an attorney who works best for your needs and your budget. Just be sure to choose someone you’re confident in and who you’re comfortable talking to. Lawsuits take time and you’ll need to be in close communication with your attorney throughout the entire process. If you’re not comfortable discussing your case or your finances with the attorney, they won’t be able to do their job to the best of their ability.

Let Attorney Steven Jones Help

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, you shouldn’t have to choose between the quality of the representation you receive and the price your attorney charges. At Steven Jones Injury Law, we believe everyone deserves great representation from an Atlanta bicycle accident attorney who truly cares. Our rates are affordable, but if you find an attorney who charges less, we’ll match their rate. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.