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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Car Accident Attorney

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Car accidents never come with a forewarning, and they leave the victim confused and not sure what steps to take. Being an automobile accident victim can be overwhelming, especially if you sustain injuries or your car is a wreck. Making decisions is usually the hardest part because you are in shock and there is so much to be done.

Thankfully, with the right legal representation, the whole experience does not have to be that difficult. It is easy to go for the first lawyer you hear about, but this is not a wise thing to do. The car accident attorney you hire will determine to a large extent how the case will turn out. Ask for recommendations and narrow down the list. You may then request a consultation, during which you will ask these questions.

What is your practice area?

Some attorneys have several practice areas. They work on family law cases, estate planning, criminal defense, and personal injury. Although such a lawyer is knowledgeable in many areas, they are not skilled in any. You ought to find an attorney who specializes in personal injury and more specifically, car accidents. Besides, your best bet would be having someone who knows the process inside out and can navigate with ease. You may also want to know:

  • How long they have practiced law
  • The number of related cases they handle in a year
  • The claims they have settled out of court and those that went into trial
  • The resources they have to help them resolve car accident cases

Are you the lawyer who will handle my case?

You want to be sure that the person you are consulting is the actual attorney who will handle the case. After all, this is the person you are about to entrust your livelihood with, and you need to be comfortable with their services. It is not wise to talk to a middle person every time you want to contact your attorney. Another concern would be whether you can trust a lawyer who sends an intern, junior associate or paralegal to handle the first consultation. You should also inquire if the attorney will be working alone or with others.

How will we communicate?

When it comes to legal cases, communication is everything. The best lawyer is available to talk to you whenever you need to relay some information. A good lawyer is also understanding and compassionate about your case. They understand what you are going through and will be willing to commit to regular communications. Transparency is crucial, and you will be happy to know what they are doing and why.

How will you approach the settlement negotiation process?

If you would rather not go to court, then you should consider negotiation. Even so, you need to receive a fair settlement that will help you cover your bills. Therefore, the attorney should be a good negotiator and handle the case well. Understanding the lawyer’s approach to negotiation before hiring them is vital. Related questions include:

  • Is arbitration an option to settle my case?
  • How well have you been able to settle similar cases out of court?
  • Will you represent me in court if the case has to go to trial?

How long do you think my claim will take to resolve?

It is okay to seek to understand how long the case is likely to take because the medical bills are piling up. Considering that the attorney is an expert at car accidents, he or she can assess the case and give you an estimate of the time it is likely to take before resolving. It is also vital to understand how long court proceedings and hearings will disrupt your life. Since several factors determine how long a case takes, the attorney’s approximation might not be accurate, but it should be close enough.

Asking these simple questions may seem too easy, but it will increase your chances of finding the right car accident attorney for your case. Being involved in a car accident is often a life-changing experience. You might be overwhelmed with emotions of fear, anger, and confusion. Working with a qualified attorney will make the experience easier for you.