Fun weekend, or deadly pile-up?
It was a sunny Saturday morning when emergency services got the call. There had been a 4 car crash in Milton Massachusetts, and it was a bad one. Unfortunately, one driver died, and another wound up trapped inside their car.
Hopefully, all of the victims had the forethought to hire a car accident lawyer. After all, car accident injuries, even minor ones, can wreak havoc on your life and well being.
Were you recently the victim of a car accident? Then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll help you learn how to hire a lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Read on to learn how to find the best car accident attorney for your case.
What to Do Immediately After Car Accidents
First, let’s quickly review exactly what you should do following a car accident to help you win your case. After making sure you’re in a safe location, call the police, even if it’s a minor car accident. Without a police report winning your case will be difficult, if not impossible.
Next, take photos of the accident scene. If you find a witness, get their contact information to provide to your lawyer later on.
If you’re injured or even suspect you might have an underlying injury, such as whiplash, let an ambulance take you to the hospital. It’ll be your lawyer’s job to prove that the car accident caused your injuries. By going directly to the hospital, it’ll be easier to connect your injuries to the impact of the crash.
Determining When You Need a Lawyer
As you get ready to leave the accident scene, go ahead and start calling lawyers in your area. You can search for car accident lawyers or personal injury lawyers since they both do the same things.
It’s also a good idea to reach out to friends and family members, to ask for referrals. As you get lawyer referrals from family and friends, ask them what it was they enjoyed most about working with that lawyer.
Were they especially happy with the level of customer service they received? Or are they referring the lawyer because they were able to win their case?
If your friends didn’t like the way the lawyer treated them, but they’re referring them because they won their case, don’t take their referral. Instead, hold out for a customer service friendly lawyer who you’ll find it easy to work with.
Request Free Consultations
To save money, look for law offices that offer free consultations, like these attorneys. During your consultation, your potential lawyer will be able to assess your particular situation and let you know whether or not you have a case. Oftentimes, personal injury lawyers won’t charge any fees, unless they’re able to win your case.
Qualities to Look for in a Car Accident Lawyer
Moving on, not only should your lawyer be customer service focused, but they also should possess a few key qualities. Here’s a shortlist of qualities to look for in your lawyer:
- Winning case history
One way to determine the professionalism of a lawyer and their law office is to visit them. As you arrive, pay close attention to what’s going on around you. Are the people working there, happy to be there?
If you’re not impressed by the state of their law office, you’ll likely be less than impressed with the services you receive. Next, determine whether or not you find your potential lawyer approachable.
If you find it difficult to talk to them or feel rushed and unheard, the entire lawsuit will be more difficult than it needs to be. Instead, stick with lawyers that make you feel valued and worth their time.
Questions to Ask Your Lawyer
Finally, once you find an attorney you want to work with, go ahead and ask them a few key questions. First, find out what experience they have handling car accident cases similar to yours?
Next, ask them what their strategy will be for winning your case. Are there alternatives to going to court, and if so what are they?
Moving on, find out who will be handling your case. Is the lawyer you’re meeting with during the consultation going to handle your case? Or is your case going to work on by paralegals, or a team of lawyers?
The more details you can gather, the easier it’ll be for you to compare potential lawyers. Next, find out exactly what you’ll owe, if anything, should the lawyer fail to win your case.
In addition to what you’ll owe if you lose the case, find out what type of contingency fee the lawyer gets if they can get you a settlement. Finally, find out what your case is worth to determine whether or not going forward with the case is in your best interest.
Big City vs Small Town Lawyer Fees
It’s not uncommon for big-city lawyers to charge considerably more than small-town lawyers. Before agreeing to work with any lawyer, visit with a couple of big-city ones and small-town ones, to do price comparisons.
However, don’t simply choose a lawyer based on price. Make sure you’re also doing your due diligence to make sure they’re an experienced and reputable attorney.
Find the Help You Deserve
Congratulations, now you know how to hire a car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights! Whether your injuries are minor or severe, you deserve to receive compensation for your damages. By taking the time to find an attorney who knows what they’re doing, you’ll finally be able to start piecing your life back together.
We hope that this article will inspire you to call lawyers today to set up free consultations. After all, it’s free, so what do you have to lose? For more ways to fight for your rights, read another one of our articles.