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8 Questions To Ask an Accident Attorney At Your Consultation

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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, you will want to hire a car accident lawyer. Hiring a good car accident lawyer is not an easy job. You must do extensive research to ensure your lawyer is good and well-experienced in handling accident cases. Make sure you go well-prepared for your initial meetings so that you can get all the information you need before committing to the lawyer. Here are some important questions that you should ask a car accident lawyer during your initial consultation.

What Type Of Cases Do You Handle?

Many lawyers are general practitioners and work on different types of cases, including car accident cases. But they may not specialize in any one field. While their work will include some accident cases, they may not have extensive experience in accident cases only. If they don't work exclusively on accident cases, they may not be as experienced as a lawyer specializing in these cases. And it would be best for you to hire a lawyer specializing in accident cases to be able to get the best for your case. A lawyer who is experienced in dealing with accident cases will be better equipped to handle your case and will increase your chances of getting the compensation you expect.

How Much Experience Do You Have In Dealing With Car Accident Cases?

This is another vital question to ask your lawyer during your initial meetings. The higher the experience of the lawyer, the better it is for you. A lawyer with good experience in dealing with car accident cases will know exactly what needs to be done to ensure you get justice. He/she will know how to represent you in court, ask the right kind of questions, and get information from all concerned parties. He will also be able to come up with strong strategies to ensure you win your case and get the right amount in compensation.

What Is Your Track Record With Case Settlements?

A good car accident lawyer will have an outstanding track record when it comes to closing cases. When finding a lawyer for your case, you must hire someone with an excellent track record for case settlements. A good track record means the lawyer will not rest till justice is served. Also, most insurance companies in an area have information about all lawyers in the area who go to court to try cases and who do not. The insurance companies usually will assess their risk based on this information. In fact, one of the first questions that an insurance adjuster will ask is who is representing the plaintiff when a claim comes in.

Are You A Member of Any Legal Organizations Specializing in Car Accident and Personal Injury Cases?

There are multiple organizations that lawyers and attorneys are members of, depending on their area of specialization. Most major organizations provide extensive learning experiences and knowledge to their members. If your lawyer is a part of such organizations, then the chances of him/her being well-qualified in the area of car accident cases are high. While there is no harm in hiring a lawyer who does not belong to any such organizations, having one that is a member of even one of the major legal organizations will be an added advantage.

Have You Won Any Awards or Honors?

You only want the best to represent you in court, especially in a car accident case that has led to serious injury. One way to determine how good a lawyer is, is by looking at the number of awards and honors that the lawyer has won. Another positive sign is whether your attorney is a leader of any bar association. Such leadership will indicate that the lawyer has a lot of experience and knowledge that will command the respect and admiration of peers.

Do You Have Resources To Take On My Case?

Most personal injury law firms and car accident lawyers in particular deal with a number of cases at any given time. That is why, this question becomes important. You need to hire a lawyer who has the time and resources to give to your case. If not, the lawyer will be spread too thin and will not be able to give your case the attention it deserves.

Have You Handled Cases Similar To Mine In The Past?

Car accident cases can be of different types. That is why this question is important. While your lawyer may claim to specialize in personal injury and car accident cases, it is not necessary that they have dealt with too many cases similar to yours. Having a lawyer who has handled similar cases can give you an edge over any other lawyer.

How Much Do You Charge?

Though this sounds like an obvious question to ask, many people, in their desperation of finding a good car accident lawyer, tend to skip this question. And when the lawyer discusses finances during the case, or at the end, the legal fees can come as a shock. That is why it is important to ask this question right in the beginning and get everything about the lawyer's legal fees cleared. If you find out about the fees right at the beginning, then you can decide whether you want to continue with the same lawyer or find another one.

A good car accident lawyer can make or break your case. That is why it is important you do all your research and ask the right kind of questions upfront before finalizing the lawyer. Not asking these questions and blindly hiring a lawyer can damage your case further. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and are looking for a Riverside accident attorney, contact The JLF Firm in Riverside. Our car accident attorney is highly-qualified and has years of experience in dealing with car accident cases. Contact the JLF firm and schedule a free consultation today!


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